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jason

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Names of the crew.

seatimes-article-july20-1957.jpg

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Thanks for posting and joining our group
I'm sure several people are interested in visiting this crash site. Although this time of year might not be the best time to go. We usually do a group hike in April in Nevada, maybe then.  
Yes, we do leave memorial plaques at the crash sites so that future visitors will know what happened.
I would love to visit this site because I have not been to a B-47 site yet.
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Interestingly enough, there is an F-111 on the same mountain:

http://www.f-111.net/A-66-042/index.htm
http://s67.photobucket.com/user/tedcrf450/library/Motorcycle%20pics?sort=3&page=1

I do know the crater and engines in close proximity were from the B-47, I found a part data plate that listed the "Airplane Model:  B-47".  However, the larger hydraulic ram and thick structural aluminum on the ridgeline that I assumed were from the same airplane could potentially be from the F-111.  

The elevation of the B-47 site is 8000'+.  Summer weather is quite nice, I spent several weeks there in 1995 during June-August.  Snow cover could still be an issue in spring.  There are two camping sites that work.  One on the east side and one on the west side of the range.  Both offer fantastic views and scenery.  The west side camp site (~7800') is an old barite mine site and is within the juniper trees.  The east side camp site (~7000') is not in the trees and is more or less scrub and sage, but offers fantastic views and morning sun.  

I'd gladly do a weekend field trip anytime with a couple weeks of notice.  I think the last time I was there was 2000 for a field trip and I'd gladly go back as it's a fantastic area and a great place to camp and get away.


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My father, Captain Robert E. Craycraft, perished in that accident. I was just a few months old. Does someone have the lat/long of the accident site? I'd like to visit it.

I don't know much about the accident. I asked a co-worker in the reserves about getting the accident report but he was told they don't keep the reports for accidents that old.

Thanks,

John Craycraft
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Welcome to the board John,
You came to the right place. 
We are a group that explores and documents aircraft crash sites.
PM sent regarding info you seek
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Dennis

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I came across this thread while researching 51-7041.  I just ran into a guy who was stationed at MacDill during the early 60s (Cuban Missile Crisis period).  He described a crash that barely missed the Dale Mabry gate to MacDill, but that was not this crash.  Why I'm interested is I used to date a gal whose father was Killed in a crash at MacDill.  51-7041 may be this crash.  Anybody have names of the crew?  Dennis
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B-47.com lists 51-7041 lost in a takeoff accident 6 May 1959.  The Tampa Tribune on 7 May has a page 1 article on it.  Rolling on takeoff when it suddenly veered right and went off the runway.

A pic in the paper shows burned and foamed hulk on flat ground with no background features visible.

Here is part of the article:
B-47 crash on Takeoff McDill 6 May 1959 [Tampa Tribune 7 May 59 pg 1].jpg 

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Thanks Walt.  Right plane (for this request), but victim's name didn't match.  I'll keep looking.  There was another crash a couple of years later, but none of the names match on that one either.  The second plane barely missed hitting the Dale Mabry gate shack.  of interesting note, around the same time, there were 2 other incidents at the Dale Mabry shack.  Someone came in and tried to kill themselves, and a skunk got into the shack.  The same guard was on duty for all 3 incidents.
The guy who had been stationed at MacDill in the early sixties said they still had a sign at the end of one runway stating "One a day in Tampa Bay".  This originated sometime during WWII and probably with B-26s, but it continued with Jets during the fifties and early sixties.  Dennis
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