9 Replies Latest reply on Jul 14, 2020 6:32 AM by Brent S

    Looking for information about U.S. Navy Lockheed Neptune P2V crash

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      Looking for information about a U.S. Navy Lockheed Neptune P2V that crashed on Sept 22, 1957 in the Desatoya Mountain region in Nevada. I have a news clipping from an unknown source and date.  I also have a preflight form that I believe was for this flight.  Both are attached (2 images).  Any information about this crash or advice on where to search is very much appreciated.  Thank you.

       

      Newspaper clipping about flight, including dead and injured.Preflight Form - BackPreflight Form - Front

        • Re: Looking for information about U.S. Navy Lockheed Neptune P2V crash
          Scout

          Dear Mr. Nordhus,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          U.S. Navy aircraft accident reports, 1920 through 1972, are in the custody of the Naval Aviation History Branch, Naval History & Heritage Command, 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060. Their email address is archives@navy.mil. The reports are a record of operational losses and normally do not include combat losses. Requesters must have the type of aircraft and date of the accident in order to obtain a copy of the report, which are available only on microfilm.

           

          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck on your research!

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          • Re: Looking for information about U.S. Navy Lockheed Neptune P2V crash
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            Phil

             

            While hiking in the Desatoya Range in Nevada east of Fallon NAS my friend and I came across an aircraft crash site near the summit of Desatoya Peak. From our knowledge of aircraft we could tell it was an older aircraft with twin air cooled radial engines. It is located at 9800' in a saddle between Desatoya Peak 9973' and Twin Peak 9965'. The site itself is highly decayed and due to weather and runoff and many pieces have fallen down the upper Smith Creek Canyon and become partially buried. I have photos of the crash site and some information on the crash. Your post helped put a few more pieces of the puzzle together. I also sent a request to the Naval Archives for a copy of the incident report. I'll keep you posted.

             

            Dagwood

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            • Re: Looking for information about U.S. Navy Lockheed Neptune P2V crash
              Brent S Newbie

              PKN, I've been to this crash site, it's not difficult to get to but will need 4x4 or better yet an ATV. I'm pretty sure you can see one prop on google earth. I will try to get you close with some coordinates.

              From what I read when researching this crash they belly landed in the high basin and everyone but one sailor got out before the plane caught fire and exploded. The long skid trail of debris was still evident.

              • Re: Looking for information about U.S. Navy Lockheed Neptune P2V crash
                Brent S Newbie

                The Prop lays here, it broke loose and rolled far ahead of the main wreckage. There's really nothing left but bits and pieces. The landing scar runs east to west across the top toward the prop.  You can see the ATV road up from the north. Take hwy50 East past cold springs, turn off right up  through the Overland mail station ruins, take a right up past the petrograhs cave, continue up Topia springs trail to the top.

                 

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