Title

Article on Maine's involvement in military aviation, with a focus on several mil

Authors

Peter Noddin

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

6-2004

Additional Date Information

Summerguide 2004

Pages

122-130, 132-135

Abstract

Article on Maine's involvement in military aviation, with a focus on several military crashes that occurred in the state. More than 350 major military aircraft accidents occurred in the state between November 1941 and October 1989. About 160 of these were off-base crashes, resulting in the deaths of over 120 aircrew. During World War II, half of all multi-engine aircraft used by the U.S. in Europe passed through either Dow Field in Bangor or Presque Isle Army Air Field. In the Cold War Era, Maine became a key location in the national air defense network, with radar stations and fighters stationed at two Maine bases from 1948 to the early 1990s. With descriptions of: the 1963 Greenville B-52C crash site; the 1944 Rangeley B-17G crash site; the 1944 Baxter Park C-54A crash site; the crash of an F-84B Thunderjet near Charleston; and a B-52 crash near Perham.

Subjects

Accidents Aviation

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