Friday, August 10, 2012

Glacial Airplane Archaeology

I usually stick to earlier historical periods, but it's hard to resist stories like this one. Like the Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk discovered in the Sahara earlier this year, the propeller recovered from a Swiss glacier this month looks almost as good as new. It's part of a C-53 Skytrooper that crashed into the Gauli glacier in 1946. The crash initiated an early, and successful, alpine rescue that still influences recovery work today. After it was discovered by hikers in July, the propeller was removed from the snow (with an archaeologist on hand) and may someday be on display at a local museum.

Removal of the C-53 propeller, Associated Press.

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