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Library Presentation

Feb

9

2019

Aviation Archaeology Meets Train Archaeology  **Note new date**

by Dave Trojan

**Note new date** The presentation will examine some unusual train wrecks related to plane wrecks. Planes have a long history of following train tracks.  Sometimes things go wrong and the planes end up crashing into the tracks or the trains. Also included in the presentation are trains that were accidently wrecked by aircraft bombs. The presentation will explore some of these incidents using rare historical photos. The idiom “like watching a train wreck” is accurate. Train wrecks are violent, chaotic, and deadly most of the time; and although rare, when they did happen, oftentimes the events were so severe that they seared themselves in our memories forever. The same is true of plane wrecks. When the two are combined in the same incident they become extraordinary. These extraordinary train and plane wrecks are more common than you know.  If you'd like to learn more and if you like both Trains and Planes, this presentation is for you!

Bibliography:

As an Air Crash Detective, Dave Trojan has used forensic scientific tools, technology and techniques along with old historical records to better understand the factors involved in aircraft accidents. Dave Trojan has spent more than two decades researching; exploring and documenting hundreds of military aircraft crash sites and abandoned airfields.   A few of these accidents happen to involve trains.

Each and every relic that he has uncovered is a new history lesson, providing a glimpse at aviation life in the past. Educating the public about the history, the importance of these sites and the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price is what he does.

He has written over 50 published articles for military base newspapers, Naval Aviation Magazine, WWI Aero magazine and many local newspapers across the country. He was featured on the worldwide Armed Forces Radio and Television Network where he presented the military’s policy on protection and preservation of historic sites.  He has given lectures to the Civil Air Patrol, FAA, Professional Pilots Associations, American Aviation Historical Society, and university students concerning Aviation Archaeology and aviation history.

He is a major contributor to Project Remembrance, where stories and documents are archived and memorials are placed where aviators died.  He is currently assisting the Travis AFB Heritage Center by researching and documenting major events, aircraft histories and accidents related to Travis AFB.

 

The presentation will examine some unusual train wrecks related to plane wrecks. Planes have a long history of following train tracks.  Sometimes things go wrong and the planes end up crashing into the tracks or the trains. Also included in the presentation are trains that were accidently wrecked by aircraft bombs. The presentation will explore some of these incidents using rare historical photos. The idiom “like watching a train wreck” is accurate. Train wrecks are violent, chaotic, and deadly most of the time; and although rare, when they did happen, oftentimes the events were so severe that they seared themselves in our memories forever. The same is true of plane wrecks. When the two are combined in the same incident they become extraordinary. These extraordinary train and plane wrecks are more common than you know.  If you like to learn more and if you like both Trains and Planes, this presentation is for you!

Bibliography:

As an Air Crash Detective, Dave Trojan has used forensic scientific tools, technology and techniques along with old historical records to better understand the factors involved in aircraft accidents. Dave Trojan has spent more than two decades researching; exploring and documenting hundreds of military aircraft crash sites and abandoned airfields.   A few of these accidents happen to involve trains.

Each and every relic that he has uncovered is a new history lesson, providing a glimpse at aviation life in the past. Educating the public about the history, the importance of these sites and the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price is what he does.

He has written over 50 published articles for military base newspapers, Naval Aviation Magazine, WWI Aero magazine and many local newspapers across the country. He was featured on the worldwide Armed Forces Radio and Television Network where he presented the military’s policy on protection and preservation of historic sites.  He has given lectures to the Civil Air Patrol, FAA, Professional Pilots Associations, American Aviation Historical Society, and university students concerning Aviation Archaeology and aviation history.

He is a major contributor to Project Remembrance, where stories and documents are archived and memorials are placed where aviators died.  He is currently assisting the Travis AFB Heritage Center by researching and documenting major events, aircraft histories and accidents related to Travis AFB.

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