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  • DoraNineFan
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Oct 2005
    • 233

    #21
    Looking at that photo, have the remains of the broken tail section been blown in front of the left wing by winds and are submerged? I remember the rear fuselage breaking and collapsing during the video of the fire.

    It looks as if there is a lot left to be salvaged in the future. It's been brought up that new generation cargo airships could accomplish this job with little difficulty.

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    • PBY-5A
      Spirit of Kent
      • Aug 2009
      • 144

      #22
      [QUOTE=tankbarrell;1443554]
      Originally posted by PBY-5A View Post
      But the shadow you can see on the ice is clearly the shadow of a DH-4 Caribou, possibly the (Kee Bird II) same one used for the operation?
      QUOTE]

      It looks like a C-130 to me.
      On closer inspection, i think your right. The caribou's vertical stab. is a lot more angular.
      Come to think of it i think C-130's have been sporadically stationed at Thule AFB.
      It just makes me wonder when these pics were really taken and possible reasons?
      "A commercial aircraft is a vehicle capable of supporting itself aerodynamically and economically at the same time"

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      • vultee35
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2005
        • 1747

        #23
        If I was stationed within reasonable flying distance, I'd want to be nosey and fly over to have a look. Perhaps the C-130 crew were just curious.

        Steve
        Stephen Carr

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        • Boeing B-29
          Registered User
          • Dec 2012
          • 1

          #24
          B-29 in water in Holland

          Originally posted by EHVB View Post
          As there is already a complete B29 in Holland (in which they have no interest), I am sure that no Kee Bird parts made it to Holland. Those parts by by the way, were all in place where Kee Bird ended or 2 years ago.

          BW R
          Were exactly is the B-29 in the water in Holland?

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          • pagen01
            St Mawganphile
            • Aug 2007
            • 10711

            #25
            This one at the bottom of the water, Zeeland, http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=121025

            What became of the story of chunks of 'Kee Bird' moving to Holland?
            http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=...t=most_popular

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            • Michael Hjorth
              Rank 1 Registered User
              • Jan 2015
              • 5

              #26
              Kee Bird is still in Greenland:

              In September 2014 I had the pleasant fortune to visit Washington Land in NW Greenland - and the Kee Bird site! She still sits in the middle of shallow lake (c. 3 feet deep).
              With 20 cm of clear ice on the lake it was easy to walk to the aircraft and take a few photos.

              As mentioned above, the tail are now lying upside down in front. Possibly blown over in a storm.

              One thing puzzles me: In the Nova film we see how they change the old bend propellers with new black ones (which did not get harmed or bend during the fire). But the propellers mounted now are clearly not the same. They are the old and bend ones. Why would Greenameyer replace them again...?!

              A few pictures:









              Regards
              Michael Hjorth
              Copenhagen

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              • vultee35
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2005
                • 1747

                #27
                Were the props borrowed for the recovery, and needed to be returned? Still odd to refit the old ones to the wreck if this is the case.
                Stephen Carr

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                • Propstrike
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2004
                  • 4003

                  #28
                  Really great report and photos - welcome to the forum, Michael.

                  Its such a sad tale, but very interesting to see how things are now.

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                  • stuart gowans
                    Not a real Spitfire
                    • Dec 2005
                    • 2005

                    #29
                    I watched this quite recently, and have been wondering, was it ever going to get up off that "runway;" (I use the word advisedly) looking at the fire, and the lack of action to fight it, the question in my mind is "was it insured"?
                    Why be your own worse critic, that's what the forum is for.

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                    • ericmunk
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Apr 2009
                      • 1735

                      #30
                      Originally posted by stuart gowans View Post
                      I watched this quite recently, and have been wondering, was it ever going to get up off that "runway;" (I use the word advisedly) looking at the fire, and the lack of action to fight it, the question in my mind is "was it insured"?
                      It very likely would have, and it was not insured. A good read on the venture is Hunting Warbirds, by Carl Hoffmann.

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                      • richw_82
                        White Knuckle Airlines
                        • Nov 2009
                        • 1680

                        #31
                        Michael, those photos and your video are fantastic! Thanks for posting them, and may we see more?

                        The propellers aren't the originals, the ones removed as seen on the documentary had blade cuffs at the root. Some (okay, a lot..) of the damage looks to be deliberate, and that was my thought with the bent prop blades. My guess is the bulldozer had a stab at what was left, and wind and erosion has done for the rest - including paint off the blades themselves.

                        The site doesn't look to have been cleaned up much.

                        Kind regards,

                        Rich
                        Last edited by richw_82; 21st January 2015, 17:17.

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                        • redhillwings
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Feb 2008
                          • 825

                          #32
                          Yes thanks for sharing, and think we would all like to see more, personally I would love to see something B-29 in the Wings Museum (or parts of at least!!)
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                          http://wingsmuseum.co.uk

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                          • Michael Hjorth
                            Rank 1 Registered User
                            • Jan 2015
                            • 5

                            #33
                            Thnx for the kind words.
                            It was indeed extraordinary to be this far north in a kind of in-between-season. But actually the best/only season to visit The Bird: No show cover, and lakeice the walk on!
                            Weather was fantastic, with clear sky, light wind and -5 deg C / 23 deg F.

                            Here comes a few more from same or different angles. I will refrain from comments, as my knowledge about the aircraft is low.












                            Michael

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                            • Michael Hjorth
                              Rank 1 Registered User
                              • Jan 2015
                              • 5

                              #34
                              Our reason for being in Washington Land / North Greenland was for demobilizing a mineral exploration camp close to Petermann Glacier. The gear and fuel was slung c. 50 miles down to Cass Fjord and barged out. Position of Kee Bird is c. 50 miles further east.



                              I put some simple video clips together from our work, finishing (at 8 minutes) with footage of Kee Bird. Enjoy:

                              http://vimeo.com/113048792

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                              • Propstrike
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Mar 2004
                                • 4003

                                #35
                                Until you watch the video footage, you just do not quite appreciate just how desolate and remote the site is.

                                Cracking bit of film, Go-Pro perhaps ? It's only Jan 21st, but I say ''Post of the Year '' (so far... )

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                                • Michel Lemieux
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Aug 2004
                                  • 77

                                  #36
                                  Michael...mind if I link the video?

                                  http://vimeo.com/106871067

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                                  • Michael Hjorth
                                    Rank 1 Registered User
                                    • Jan 2015
                                    • 5

                                    #37
                                    @Michel: Of cause, no problem!

                                    I was thinking: Kee Bird history IS a good story, and many people have an interest and feelings about it. So those pictures should get a larger audience.
                                    The cat is of cause already out, but maybe it can still be guided in a sensible direction?! Anyone who has an idea of a magazine in US who would publish?

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                                    • richw_82
                                      White Knuckle Airlines
                                      • Nov 2009
                                      • 1680

                                      #38
                                      Michael,

                                      Contact Key Publishing, surely they would love to feature this? Flypast sells worldwide.

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                                      • Propstrike
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2004
                                        • 4003

                                        #39
                                        Originally posted by richw_82 View Post
                                        Michael,

                                        Contact Key Publishing, surely they would love to feature this? Flypast sells worldwide.

                                        I would approach National Geographic, it is right up their street, ie strong geographical context, environmental issues, and a compelling human interest aspect.

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                                        • richw_82
                                          White Knuckle Airlines
                                          • Nov 2009
                                          • 1680

                                          #40
                                          i'd be tempted to do both. Kee Bird's a hot topic to aviation enthusiasts, not many of them purchase National Geographic.

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