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September 9, 2012 in City

Fairchild airmen who had hoped to take part in a rescue mission became members of a salvage crew on Sept. 12, 1962, as they worked on the grim task of removing 44 bodies on Mount Kit Carson.

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Frank A. Johnson, who lives in New Jersey, hikes in Mount Spokane State Park on Aug. 17 in search of the 1962 crash site of a KC-135 his father was piloting. Although Johnson didn’t find the wreckage, he returned later and located the site.

The force of the tanker’s descent is evident on this mammoth fir. Trees were sheared like wheat stalks as the plane crashed.