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.
- 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 […]