The Adirondacks, and Adirondack Aviation, have a long and rich History.  On this page we hope to share a collection of historical information on the area and the role that aviation has played.


History Posts

  • Crashed in the Wilderness - I was sitting at my desk on the evening of February 21, when I received a call from DEC’s Ray Brook dispatcher. “There is a plane crash near Lake Placid, can you respond?” I couldn’t believe it. I was just going through our archives of Adirondack plane crashes, and so I thought maybe I had […]
  • ADK Plane Crashes -   Since the early 1900s, there have been nearly 200 documented significant plane crashes in the Adirondacks. DEC Raners maintain a database of these wreckages.  Occasionally a hiker or hunter will stumble upon one of the many old crashes scattered throughout the park and report it. When this happens, it’s important to determine if the wreckage is […]
  • Condor II – The Story of American Airlines NC-12363 - American Airlines NC-12363 was a Curtiss-Wright T-32 Condor II that crashed in a snowstorm in the Adirondacks in 1934.  Aviation artist Ted Williams drew this rendition of it for the cover of Skyways: The Journal of the Airplane 1920-1940 #83 July 2007. The Curtiss-Wright T-32 Condor II was first built in 1933 and introduced several […]

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