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SaxMan

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Finally got through another layer of bureaucracy.  The "Clarksburg Project" is now a legitimate fundraising project for the Montgomery Parks Foundation - a charitable trust that helps support Montgomery Parks.  The price for the marker jumped to $2500.   Once we reach that goal, work on the marker will begin.   Hopefully, we'll be on track for an installation in the late spring 2017 with the formal dedication taking place on the 60th anniversary of the accident on June 22, 2017. 

BTW - if anyone wants to make a contribution to the Foundation and have it specifically earmarked for this project, please feel free to PM me and I can send you the details.
SaxMan

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Latest updates:  Still dealing with the park bureaucracy.   Funding has been pledged for the marker, but progress continues at a crawl.   Missed the 60th anniversary deadline.  Hoping we'll have it in place for the 61st.   I found a few more items, such as a seat pouch flyer featuring Carl Burke, one of the pilots who was killed, as well as finding a color slide of N88835 prior to the crash. 

There was one very significant change to park rules:  Effective, July 1st, 2017, metal detecting is now allowed on park property through a Special Use Permit.  I'm not sure what hoops I have to jump through to get one, but I play a pretty good long game.  

I've mostly been focused on two other aviation related projects.   One is compiling the e-mails and stories from a B-17 radio operator who also worked for Penn Central / Capital / United into a single cohesive narrative.   The other is documenting the history of Jack Kosko's restoration hangar at Fawn Grove, PA.   Jack closed the hangar at the end of 2016 and passed on May 8, 2017.  
SaxMan

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It's been a while since I posted an update.   After being mired in park bureaucracy for better than three years, I received word today that funding, fabrication and installation of the marker has been approved.   It looks like it will be installed prior to the next anniversary of the crash on June 22nd.

While I wanted to savor this moment, it was quite bittersweet as upon notifying the families of the air crew as well as the families on the ground most directly affected, I learned that Otis Norwood, who I interviewed and whose eyewitness recollections were invaluable, had passed in October.

With the erection of the marker, I can chalk this project up as complete.   There may still be some more digging at the site, but I'd rather turn my focus to the Beallsville site as well as the Seymour Johnson F4F crash near Norbeck.
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