Today the Adventure Science team ground-truthed a known wreck site near Owen River Gorge, California. The plane, the Vultee BT-13 – serial number #41-21786, belonged to Cadet W.J. Kania of the United States Air Force. He was, unfortunately, found dead 200 feet from his plane, approximately a week after he went missing in 1943.
Adventure Science team members Jane Davis, Jordan Eady, and Josh Eady, with remnants of the plane.
Adventure Science athlete, Helene Dumais, at the Vultee BT-13 crash site.
Adventure Science athlete, Winter Vinecki, with remnants of the Vultee BT-13.
Instead, the team hiked out to Bishop Pass to scout weather conditions and assess snow pack for entry into the high Sierras. The team is currently scheduled to enter the Sierras on Wednesday June 18th, 2014, and are confident that they will be able to push through the lingering snow.
Photo Credit: Liz Barney / Adventure Science