Lecture: On the Prowl for Panthers, Falcons, and Bearcats: Surveying the Chesapeake for Submerged Historic Aircraft

September 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Visitor Center Auditorium
18751 Hogaboom Ln
St Marys City, MD 20686
Visitor Center
(240) 895-4990

As a part of NAS Pax River’s heritage management responsibilities, Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology Branch (NHHC UAB) and partner entities have been conducting remote sensing surveys in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waters since 2015, in order to find its missing aircraft from the early 1940s and 1950s.  Several were lost at the advent of World War II as part of experimental testing, which led to an advancement of aircraft capabilities and safety, over time.

Join maritime archaeologist Agustin Ortiz for an exploration of NAS Pax River as an experimental aircraft training base, and the need to find and manage the aircraft lost in its surrounding waters.  The methodologies used to try to locate these historical naval assets — as well as inherent challenges — will be discussed.

NHHC UAB is responsible for the management, research, preservation, and interpretation of the U.S. Navy’s sunken military craft.

This lecture is free and open to the public.