Day #6: The Search for Lt. Steeves’ Missing Jet (June 19th, 2014)

Today the Adventure Science team got out into their search areas and began to search for Lt. Steeves’ Lockheed Martin T-33A Jet. The team was working in the stunningly beautiful Dusy Basin region of the Sierra Nevada Mtns, with the goal of finding Steeves’ ejection seat, and/or the plane itself.

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Photo Credit: Wanda Summers / Adventure Science

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Tim Puetz and Helene Dumais
Photo Credit: Simon Donato / Adventure Science

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Jane Davis and Winter Vinecki
Photo Credit: Simon Donato / Adventure Science

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Wanda Summers
Photo Credit: Simon Donato / Adventure Science

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Photo Credit: Simon Donato / Adventure Science

While the team was searching for Lt. Steeves’ jet, Keith and Chris back at base camp decided they would spend the day ground truthing another known wreck site near Bishop, California. This blue and white Piper Aztec was also spotted during the Steve Fossett search in 2008, but was rejected and noted for future ground truthing. The location was north of Tonopah Nevada, and they were able to get name plate information for further investigation into the circumstances regarding this crash.

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Photo Credit: Keith Szlater

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Photo Credit: Keith Szlater

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Photo Credit: Keith Szlater

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Photo Credit: Keith Szlater 

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Day #5: The Search for Lt. Steeves’ Missing Jet (June 18th, 2014)

This morning the Adventure Science team met with the packers for their entry into the high Sierras, to begin the search for Lt. Steeves’ missing jet.

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The Adventure Science team left the trail head at 10:00 a.m. and, true to form, the athletes made the summit of Bishop Pass in record time – 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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With help from a student in the Aerospace Engineering program at the University of Michigan, we were able to calculate possible flight paths using existing data. The team will be searching these areas, over the next four days, for the final location of the jet.

Follow along with the team via live tracking provided by inReach Canada, here: http://on.fb.me/1usITU3

Photo Credit: Keith Szlater / Adventure Science

Day #4: The Search for Lt. Steeves’ Missing Jet (June 17th, 2014)

This afternoon the Adventure Science team once again attempted to locate the known wreck site, near Mono Lake, that was spotted from the sky during the 2008 search for Steve Fossett.

After a few hours of searching, the team located the Mono Lake anomaly.

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Photo Credit: Liz Barney / Adventure Science

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Photo Credit: Liz Barney / Adventure Science

It was a drop tank from a military jet(an external fuel tank carried by jets that can be jettisoned when empty, or in case of an emergency).

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Photo Credit: Winter Vinecki / Adventure Science

Unfortunately the serial number on the drop tank was crushed, however we are able to see that it belonged to Navy fighter jet.

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Photo Credit: Winter Vinecki / Adventure Science

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Photo Credit: Winter Vinecki / Adventure Science

Introducing Adventure Science team member, Keith Szlater

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Occupation: Service Manager, R&D Team Lead

Role: Base camp manager, Logistics, Risk management, Safety guru (keep these “nut bars” alive)

Experience:
-Calgary Search and Rescue
-Ground search and rescue
-Canada Task Force 2
-Heavy Urban search and rescue
-Alberta Cave Rescue
-Cave rescue
-Swift water rescue
-Rope Rescue level I
-Man Tracker level II
-Advanced navigation (map and compass)
-Wilderness First Aid
-Field Communications (VHF radios)
-Base camp setup