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  • Mike J
    Senior Member
    • Jan 2000
    • 3241

    #41
    Originally posted by Propstrike View Post
    I would approach National Geographic, it is right up their street, ie strong geographical context, environmental issues, and a compelling human interest aspect.
    A little research shows that NG do not accept unsolicited submissions.

    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/si...bmissions-faq/

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

      #42
      Although reading further, you can suggest a topic for coverage by themselves.
      Why be your own worse critic, that's what the forum is for.

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      • Mike J
        Senior Member
        • Jan 2000
        • 3241

        #43
        You can, but wouldn't that rather defeat the object?

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        • CaptainKeef
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Oct 2014
          • 11

          #44
          Still a lot of good parts there( by current standards)

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

            #45
            Through the glas clear ice we could see lots of material and parts on the lake bottom. C. 3 feet deep, and it should not be a problem in summer to get down to it.

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            • JAYBASALAJ
              Rank 4 Registered User
              • Dec 2014
              • 9

              #46
              The current status of the b29 kee bird.

              Hi I would like to know more about the b29 kee bird and who has the salvage rights.

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              • Sabrejet
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2010
                • 1760

                #47
                I believe there is/was an active thread on WIX which is visited by those 'in the know'.

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                • Propstrike
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2004
                  • 4003

                  #48
                  Look at post 26 on this thread. The recent photos tell about all you need to know of current condition, I imagine.


                  http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...-Superfortress

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                  • 1batfastard
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2013
                    • 3425

                    #49
                    Hi All,
                    Got me wondering too I found this you may be interested in ? http://www.b29keebird.net/main.html also this little video as of Sept 2014

                    Geoff.
                    Last edited by 1batfastard; 18th June 2015, 18:32.

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                    • Sabrejet
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2010
                      • 1760

                      #50
                      Originally posted by Propstrike View Post
                      Look at post 26 on this thread. The recent photos tell about all you need to know of current condition, I imagine.


                      http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...-Superfortress
                      Maybe I missed it, but there doesn't seem to be a mention of salvage rights on this thread?

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                      • JAYBASALAJ
                        Rank 4 Registered User
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 9

                        #51
                        Thanks
                        I will have a look now

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                        • JAYBASALAJ
                          Rank 4 Registered User
                          • Dec 2014
                          • 9

                          #52
                          who Owns the salvage rights to the kee bird? I've heard romours that Vernon Rich one of the origanal
                          Salvage crew has them?

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                          • JAYBASALAJ
                            Rank 4 Registered User
                            • Dec 2014
                            • 9

                            #53
                            Where could I buy the book? I've only seen the DVD

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                            • Mahone
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Aug 2009
                              • 218

                              #54
                              Idon't know of an actual book from the Nova DVD - but if you haven't got it already, then this book...

                              http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Warbir.../dp/0345436180

                              ...tells the story. I believe Veron Rich did obtain salvage rights in the immediate aftermath of the salvage attemmpt and fire: but I don't think anything ever came of it.

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                              • Flying_Pencil
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Sep 2010
                                • 737

                                #55
                                Originally posted by PBY-5A View Post
                                Correct. There was a big number of complaints to Greenemyer over the way he handled the whole "mission" including the way he just left the remains. I've also heard that the family of Rick Kriege, who sadly died during the attempted rescue of the Kee, have sued Daryll on the grounds that he overworked him. Not sure how that ended up, but i've read many articles all saying that Greenemyer is known as quite unprofessional and stupid and is not respected in the aviation industry much.
                                I always had a funny feeling about him at the way he just sat there and watched the Kee burn to the ground without much emotion.
                                I'd be completely in bits seeing such a beautiful piece of engineering burn in front of me.
                                I met Daryll (and Ascher Ward) in Tulsa as they where transferring a YC-125 to NMUSAF.
                                Did not strike me as "professional", more seat of pants will see if everything works as we go kind of guy.
                                Do17 recovery fund
                                Since 2004 dedicated to researching Do-17, 1000+ period photos, manuals, history, technology to put aircraft in perspective.

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                                • Flying_Pencil
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Sep 2010
                                  • 737

                                  #56
                                  Michael Hjorth, thank you very much for going though effort and posting!
                                  Very few would take the time, and this is still a very valuable piece of history, both the aircraft, but the perils of recovery, lessons in how things can go very wrong, and how nature slowly takes back what we build.

                                  I bet the thawing and freezing of the lake is source of some damage, buckling of the engine nacelle for instance.
                                  Also the bent prop may be wind blowing hulk until it hit object with prop and bet it. Only 1 I see bent.

                                  PS Michael Hjorth, I would rather jump out of airplane with parachute than "finger jam" on cliff any day!!!
                                  Last edited by Flying_Pencil; 19th June 2015, 21:26.
                                  Do17 recovery fund
                                  Since 2004 dedicated to researching Do-17, 1000+ period photos, manuals, history, technology to put aircraft in perspective.

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                                  • JAYBASALAJ
                                    Rank 4 Registered User
                                    • Dec 2014
                                    • 9

                                    #57
                                    Thanks

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                                    • JAYBASALAJ
                                      Rank 4 Registered User
                                      • Dec 2014
                                      • 9

                                      #58
                                      So I've heard that Vernon Rich got the salvage rights after the fire but does he still have them now?

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                                      • richw_82
                                        White Knuckle Airlines
                                        • Nov 2009
                                        • 1680

                                        #59
                                        Contact the authorities in Greenland and find out.

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                                        • JAYBASALAJ
                                          Rank 4 Registered User
                                          • Dec 2014
                                          • 9

                                          #60
                                          Is there another b29 in Greenland that is the same as kee bird was before the fire? I've just heard romours about it.

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