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PostMon Jun 13, 2016 10:30 am 
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The trip in this video was actually made in July of 2014 up the North Fork Quinault River. Earlier that year I was joined by the My Olympics team in the quest of solving the mystery of the disappearance of Captain Robert Lucas and his Paine Field based F-102. This was my 10th summer of searching for the missing aircraft. We are currently looking for new leads and assistance.

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PostMon Jun 13, 2016 1:07 pm 
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very cool story! some classic Pacific NW bushwhacking shots in that video.  I admire the dedication to get up into that rough terrain, searching for the needle in the haystack.  I assume there isn't a budget for this endeavor, but there are a few companies that have super high resolution imagery (30cm accuracy) that could be ordered for your search area, although you'd still be looking for a needle...
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PostTue Jun 14, 2016 2:12 am 
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Very nicely made video -- it held my interest the whole way through. You're an excellent story teller. I wish I had some information to share but this happened 24 years before I moved to Washington.

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PostTue Jun 14, 2016 5:40 am 
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Great video, Cye
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PostTue Jun 14, 2016 11:56 am 
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There are parts to a crashed navy jet in the Hayes river basin.
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PostTue Jun 14, 2016 12:03 pm 
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Yipes. Downhill in that brush in runners. A good place for real boots.
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PostTue Jun 14, 2016 7:24 pm 
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The jet in the Hayes River Basin is also an F-102 that crashed in 1964. Flight command guided the pilot right into Crystal Peak. He did not survive.
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PostTue Jun 14, 2016 8:09 pm 
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Really cool!  Made me want to go out looking for it... until I saw all that brush!   eek.gif

Hopefully it gets discovered soon!
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PostWed Jun 15, 2016 8:08 am 
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are there any lakes along that flight path where the jet could have gone down into?

and is there a map of the flight path that we could see.   With areas that you have explored and areas you have not explored?

The reason I ask is because I do quite a bit of off trail travel myself and I could give some areas of info where I have been as well as others to say, "no we never came across anything in this area".  In addition, If I am anywhere in the flight path in the future, I would keep my eyes open.  Such a map exists?

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PostWed Jun 15, 2016 9:05 am 
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I was given a map with the radar track from one of the other pilots on the intercept practice that day. It is a line from the West Peak of Mt Olympus heading southeast to Three Peaks in the upper Wynoochee drainage. The flight turned dead west at this point and proceeded westward to the coast. The two planes were merged as one on the radar screen after passing over the Queets River. A loud explosion was reported by hunters in the Quinault, upper Wynoochee, and upper South Fork Skokomish River areas on the morning Capt Lucas and his F-102 vanished.
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PostWed Jun 15, 2016 10:07 am 
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Fascinating video. That is indeed some remote terrain to cover. Hopefully others will have the passion that you do in finding Captain Lucas.

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PostWed Jun 15, 2016 11:42 am 
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Very interesting.

Could you provide the GPS coordinates you took at your highest elevation point?
I would like to confirm you were far enough up the drainage.  Based on the video, I saw a few things that hint you may have been a bit low.  There is a lower and upper talus field.  After your long climb up the snow and rocks of the open drainage in the video, there should have been another bushwhack before entering the upper talus field.  That is where the object is located, at the start of the second talus field.

But without a panoramic of the area you stopped, it was hard to tell where in the video was your highpoint.  The object does seem promising, it is an odd location for a sun bleached old-growth log.

(For anti-GPS users interested in the exact location they searched, it is the small drainage east of Point 4462 on the far north ridge of Mount Lawson.)

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PostWed Jun 15, 2016 6:09 pm 
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Cye,

Nice work and video.

Did you look at the historical images in GoogleEarth for that specific location/object?
I am no GoogleEarth expert but try using the GoogleEarth selection View -> Historical Imagery ,  then there is a slider bar to change years.

Some of the historical images (2007, 2010) in GoogleEarth for that specific area do not appear to show that object that is in the current (2016) GoogleEarth image.
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PostWed Jun 15, 2016 8:14 pm 
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Hi Eric and FredV,

We actually climbed to the top of the upper talus field. We used both a gps and an altimeter to confirm our location. The only thing at the spot that looked like the F-102 on Google Earth was a huge fallen snag. I should clue you in, the video is heavily edited and everything is not in the order it was actually filmed. FredV, you are correct, the object is not there on the earlier imagery years. We had considered the possibility that the object had slid down from a higher location. We covered that slope pretty thoroughly. Unfortunately, there was nothing there.
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PostWed Jun 15, 2016 11:00 pm 
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Enjoyed watching. Good luck with the search.   This plane will be found someday.
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