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With ideal climate and sparsely populated regions, Arizona and the Southwestern states were used extensively to train Air Force and Navy pilots. The height of training lasted from World War II- 1970's. With the many airbases training thousands of pilots came a high number of accidents. There were over 500 mishaps in Arizona during WWII, with an additional 600 by the end of the 1960's. Fortunately, many of the pilots and aircrews were able to bail out in time, but tragically, some did not.
As an avid hiker and vintage military aircraft historian, I enjoy exploring the remote deserts and rugged mountains searching for these lost aircraft and researching the stories of the planes and their crew.
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  Latest Addition- While looking for a WWII US Army aircraft near Dateland, Arizona, I came across the wreckage of the Cessna 172 from 1965.    

  A Consolidated B-24 Liberator crashed in the Guadalupe National Mountains,
Texas, on December 31, 1943.

  Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress crashed in Telegraph Pass
near Yuma, AZ on June 28, 1944.

Aircraft wrecks in Arizona and the Southwest.

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