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About our next meeting, February 2, 2019

Two Air Tragedies Linked to Moffett Field Remembered


Two aviation accidents linked to Moffett Field will be examined by crash detective Dave Trojan. The first is a P-3A Orion crash mystery in Michigan that was unexplained until now. The second is a Navy Transport R6D Liftmaster that crashed on Oahu, Hawaii. The stories behind these accidents will be described and what remains at both crash sites will be revealed. The lasting effects from these tragedies will also be explored. Artifacts recovered from both crash sites were recently put on display at the Moffett Field Museum and will be seen during the meeting.

The first aircraft was Lockheed P-3A Orion, Buno. 152172, assigned to VP-19 which departed NAS Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y., on July 4, 1966. Its intended destination was NAS Moffett Field, but the Orion crashed in Michigan during the cross-country flight. It was the first unexplained P-3 Orion accident to occur over land and it was immediately recognized that every effort must be made to insure that the cause of this accident be determined, but it never was until now. This accident became was one of the most comprehensive, in-depth, and longest running aircraft accident investigations in the history of aviation archaeology. Trojan was able to uncover new information which may have discovered the cause of this undetermined accident.

The presentation involves a tragedy that is so great that people wanted to forget about it and the event was almost lost to history. Navy R6D Liftmaster, Buno. 131612, crashed on Oahu, Hawaii, on March 22, 1955, during a flight to Moffett Field. The R6D accident resulted in the loss of 66 lives, making it the worst air disaster in the history of Hawaii and the deadliest accident involving aircraft in the history of United States Naval Aviation. This tragic event was re-investigated and new information was discovered.

Crash detective Trojan has visited both of these crash sites and thoroughly investigated both of these tragic accidents. He will reveal information and photographs that have never before been made public. Please join us as we remember those lost in these accidents to honor their service and sacrifice to their country.

About the Speaker: David Trojan is a Navy veteran who served 21 years as an Aviation Electronics Technician retiring in 2000. After retiring he became a Tech Rep for the Marine Corps at Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Trojan earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in Aviation Business Administration and Accident Investigation. While working on a Masters degree, he focused on abandoned World War II airfields in Hawaii and aircraft crash sites from the era.

He has visited more than 500 military aircraft crash sites all across the country and the Pacific. He has written over 60 articles for the Hawaii Navy News, Kaneohe News, Naval Aviation magazine, World War I Aero magazine, and many local newspapers.

Trojan likes to discover the facts, fill in the blanks, explain the mysteries of why the planes crashed and finally lay the questions to rest by writing the stories. The stories give light to those who have sacrificed so much to give us the peace we enjoy today. His latest venture is "Project Remembrance" remembering those who were killed in aircraft accidents by placing memorials at their crash sites and writing about them.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. so come early to explore. This is a great venue to introduce a friend to local aviation while having a fantastic lunch.

Dress comfortably. Maybe bring a jacket?

I.D. Required: Each person attending must present a Drivers License or othe U.S. Government issued I.D., to get through the gate.

Date/Time: February 2, 2019

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mountain View

Cost: Member - $30 per person.

Non-Member - $35 per person.


Buffett Lunch

Tri-Tip, Ribs, and Chicken

Caesar Salad, Potato Salad, Beer-B-Q Beans, 4 Cheese Mac & Cheese

Soft drinks, bottled water, and Dessert

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