B-52 Crash in the late 60's, early 70's
Roman

Dover, DE

#43 Nov 7, 2012
Dave wrote:
Im glad to see people interested in things like this.
Resident, which building is million dollar air? I'd love to see a C-5 up close...i just hope i dont have a panic attack or something...something about huge man made structures...i dont know what it is. A mixture of awe and fear im guessing.
You can't just walk up to the C5A, it's in a restricted area
Resident

Saranac Lake, NY

#44 Nov 7, 2012
Roman wrote:
<quoted text>You can't just walk up to the C5A, it's in a restricted area
If Dave does as I told him all he needs to do is go to the Base Ops building Bld 100. Go to the Million Dollar Air desk and talk to them. If they have someone available they will walk you out to the plane if there are any there, it is just controlled areas. The airfield is a controlled area by the airport managers. "Roman" there is no such thing as restricted areas this is no longer a military base but a county airport. Residents can visit the airport and can go on the flight line so long as they are escorted. They are not allowed on the military aircraft unless the crew chief will allow it. Other than that there is nothing classified there to where there is a problem. As I said Dave just check in at Bld 100 and go to Million Dollars Air if there is someone around and they have the time they will help you out. Sorry I been away so I have not been checking in with you to see how you made out or if you went yet.
Roman

Dover, DE

#45 Nov 8, 2012
Resident wrote:
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If Dave does as I told him all he needs to do is go to the Base Ops building Bld 100. Go to the Million Dollar Air desk and talk to them. If they have someone available they will walk you out to the plane if there are any there, it is just controlled areas. The airfield is a controlled area by the airport managers. "Roman" there is no such thing as restricted areas this is no longer a military base but a county airport. Residents can visit the airport and can go on the flight line so long as they are escorted. They are not allowed on the military aircraft unless the crew chief will allow it. Other than that there is nothing classified there to where there is a problem. As I said Dave just check in at Bld 100 and go to Million Dollars Air if there is someone around and they have the time they will help you out. Sorry I been away so I have not been checking in with you to see how you made out or if you went yet.
my POINT was y9ou cant JUST walk upo to a C5A that is being worked on! It "restricted"as in you CAN'T drive up to it!
Resident

Saranac Lake, NY

#46 Nov 8, 2012
Roman wrote:
<quoted text>my POINT was y9ou cant JUST walk upo to a C5A that is being worked on! It "restricted"as in you CAN'T drive up to it!
Roman I explained that to Dave in an earlier posts. He understands that you have to go into the base ops to see if they can bring him out there to look at it. The people there have alredy been given a heads up that he might be coming up so if there is someone available they will walk him out. But thanks for reminding people its something they can't just walk out there and go to. It may not be restricted but there are still procedures that they need to go through. I still have to check in and there are certain things I can't do without someone with me.
Dave

Brooklyn, NY

#47 Nov 18, 2012
Resident wrote:
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Roman I explained that to Dave in an earlier posts. He understands that you have to go into the base ops to see if they can bring him out there to look at it. The people there have alredy been given a heads up that he might be coming up so if there is someone available they will walk him out. But thanks for reminding people its something they can't just walk out there and go to. It may not be restricted but there are still procedures that they need to go through. I still have to check in and there are certain things I can't do without someone with me.
Thanks Resident! Glad to see you've taken time out to talk to them :-) I will make my way there before the snow falls, i might sound like a "sissy" but i have to gather the courage. Being next to something that massive makes my heart skip just thinking about it.
Resident

Saranac Lake, NY

#48 Nov 19, 2012
Dave hope you make it there, and it works out for you. I am going to be off the net for a while. Got to go build castles in the sand for a bit. Good luck.. I will check in with you later..
Old Timer

Jamesville, NY

#49 Nov 19, 2012
I was a little kid on a bus going to or from school, I remember a plane being hit by lightning. Maybe this is what happened.
PPPSSssshhhh

Saranac Lake, NY

#50 Nov 19, 2012
Old Timer wrote:
I was a little kid on a bus going to or from school, I remember a plane being hit by lightning. Maybe this is what happened.
Maybe youd like a knuckle sandwhich
B-52 crash in Floyd NY

United States

#51 Jan 13, 2013
Hello All, I can confirm that the there was a B-52 crash in Floyd in 1967. My Dad worked at GEEIA on Griffis A.F.B. from 1961 - 1971. We had contact with several B-52 pilots and other crew members. I remember the fact that it crashed. We also lost a F-101 Voodoo over Lake Ontario during this time period. The pilot was never found. He and his widow lived in Ringdahl Apts. I remeber seeing people going in and out of their apartment after the Voodoo went down. Bob Myers rcm237_2000 at yahoo.com
Skypilot

Saranac Lake, NY

#52 Jan 13, 2013
B-52 crash in Floyd NY wrote:
Hello All, I can confirm that the there was a B-52 crash in Floyd in 1967. My Dad worked at GEEIA on Griffis A.F.B. from 1961 - 1971. We had contact with several B-52 pilots and other crew members. I remember the fact that it crashed. We also lost a F-101 Voodoo over Lake Ontario during this time period. The pilot was never found. He and his widow lived in Ringdahl Apts. I remeber seeing people going in and out of their apartment after the Voodoo went down. Bob Myers rcm237_2000 at yahoo.com
Thanks and there are quite a few people aware of the crash, and the location. There have been several people this last summer and fall who are part of the Wreck Chasers planning to go there. The one person called "Resident" who I know very well, was a AF crash investigator, and has visited a number of crashes. He has been working with them on getting permission to re-visit the site. Right now he is deployed in the great sand box. Keep checking
slipping

Brooklyn, NY

#53 Jan 14, 2013
I dont remeber that.
Namesake

Phoenix, AZ

#54 Feb 6, 2013
The pilot of the 2 Nov 1967 crash was my uncle and I was named after him. My facts are a little hazy but it sounds like the story on here is correct. They had indications of fire or overheat that caused them to shut down at least one engine, maybe two. They were extremely heavyweight and the weather was bad. They lost control of the airplane while executing a missed approach. The maneuvers sound consistent with a stall but not sure why the a/c stalled. I think I heard the throttle gates were set incorrectly for the go around. I would love to get more information on this subject. My Father (the pilots younger brother) was also an AF pilot, but has since passed away. My brother and I are also USAF retired pilots now. Most of the family memory of the event is as clear as my pilot mind would like it to be. Major Robert Alma Richards now lays to rest just a few feet from my parents in Magna Ut.
Ron

Lake Placid, NY

#56 Feb 21, 2013
I was 5 ys old at that time and lived on Stearns RD. just down the street when that plane went down. The home shook like there was an earthquake 3 times. My Mom looked out our back door and said the wood's are on fire.I may have been young but I never forgot it. Years later I found a emergency exit door all intact and gave it to a friend from school. up utill 1990 there was still some metal pices of reckage in dead trees still standing. It is hard to find anything any more. Maybe with a metal detector. Early spring is the best time. Some times the frost will push something up, and the vegitation hase'nt grown yet.
paddy

Fitchburg, MA

#57 Feb 22, 2013
I remember something about a plane thatwent down inthe field across from theBeeches ware all the houses are now .I may be wrong.
Dom

Denver, CO

#58 Mar 24, 2013
Resident wrote:
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Dave there was only one B-52 incident at Griffiss. That was in early 1973 or late 1972 when one lost power and crash landed at the end of the runway. Minor injuries but plane was destroyed and sent to RADC test facility at Stockbridge where it was rebuilt and used for antenna testing. I believe the plane is still there. Now there was the loss of a T-33 in the Forrestport. I but don't remember the exact date but that you can find that full story on line. Both pilots were killed. There was a couple of 106's that went down, and the link will give you all accicdents at Griffiss from its opening to its closing in 95. Hope this answers your questions.
http://www.accident-report.com/world/namerica...
I was stationed at griffiss in 67 and was doing maintenace next to the runway when a b52 crashed. It came in to fast for emergency landing and was climbing to go around when it burst into flames. It was only about 200ft up so the crew below couldnt eject. I saw 3 chutes from the top, as the plane stalled two chutes when back in the flames
Steve- Raleigh_NC

Raleigh, NC

#59 Sep 7, 2013
witness wrote:
I witnessed a plane crash when I was very young, it happened behind my house on the Eddy farmland very close to the old lake delta school. I believe there was at least one fatality. I think it was around early 1970s. Was wondering if anyone remembered that ? I still remember the military with M16s in hand as they secured the area.
My brother and I witnessed this accident also. We lived at the turn on Elmer hill road by the lake. We road our bikes over to the plane before anyone else got there. My older brother made me stay back and approached the plane to find the pilot dead. He made a perfect landing in the field next to the school but a wing hit a tree which fell and killed the pilot. I have for years attempted to find a record of this crash and have found nothing. The military showed up and cleared it all up very quickly. I remember my Dad (Air force pilot) telling us the plane ran out of fuel and couldn't make it to the base. It was 1969.
Steve- Raleigh_NC

Raleigh, NC

#60 Sep 7, 2013
Steve- Raleigh_NC wrote:
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My brother and I witnessed this accident also. We lived at the turn on Elmer hill road by the lake. We road our bikes over to the plane before anyone else got there. My older brother made me stay back and approached the plane to find the pilot dead. He made a perfect landing in the field next to the school but a wing hit a tree which fell and killed the pilot. I have for years attempted to find a record of this crash and have found nothing. The military showed up and cleared it all up very quickly. I remember my Dad (Air force pilot) telling us the plane ran out of fuel and couldn't make it to the base. It was 1969.
It was a small fighter plane on this crash.
Remember

Oneida, NY

#61 Sep 7, 2013
I remember that crash. The pilot(s) died. It was right across from that small trailer park. Crashed right in the wooded area there.
Jennifer

Hamilton, NY

#62 Oct 12, 2013
Hi that plane you are talking about crashed on farmland that is owned now by my husband's father but at the time of the crash was owned by my husband's grandfather,it was in fact a B-52 and my husbands grandfather verified that there was men hanging from the tree and were on fire
Dave wrote:
Thanks for the reply's so far guys, Sadly nothing is matching up though. I have included an image for reference. Local folks that were around at the time told me; It was a B-52 and it's two pilots stayed in the plane as long as possible to avoid crashing into the trailer park about 200yrds away, sadly the pilots got caught up in the trees and burned alive above the crash.
Apparently this was common knowledge with everyone in the area, and all the stories i have found are the same, its not like i have heard multiple differences between folks on this. When i was in my early teens, an older neighbor brought me to the site, and i collected almost a garbage bag full of burned and misshapen pieces of light weight metal, parts that were not burned, were olive drab or grey in color, i cant remember which. I also found various wires and some glass.
I find it very odd that i cant find anything on this subject, when so many people remember it and the scars remain in the earth itself. Could it have been covered up? I wonder, but i don't see why.
Pic:
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/193/cras...
Jennifer

Hamilton, NY

#63 Oct 12, 2013
The land is owned by my husbands father and at the time of the crash was owned by my husbands grandfather
Ron wrote:
I was 5 ys old at that time and lived on Stearns RD. just down the street when that plane went down. The home shook like there was an earthquake 3 times. My Mom looked out our back door and said the wood's are on fire.I may have been young but I never forgot it. Years later I found a emergency exit door all intact and gave it to a friend from school. up utill 1990 there was still some metal pices of reckage in dead trees still standing. It is hard to find anything any more. Maybe with a metal detector. Early spring is the best time. Some times the frost will push something up, and the vegitation hase'nt grown yet.

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