It's for real: Seaplane ended up in and took off from Ascarate ...

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Dear Trish, my name is Eddie Bustamante. I'm not from here. I have heard from people that have lived here all their lives that a seaplane landed on Ascarate Lake many years ago.
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Large William

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#1
May 9, 2009
 
I remember it well. My parents took us down to Ascarte Lake one night after supper to see the plane. It looked so big, well I was only 9 so everything looked bigger, and I had doubts that it would be able to take off.
I remember there was a good sized crowd there when we went to see it; it was big news in EP at the time.
Ese

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#2
May 9, 2009
 
My father took film of the incident and I still have that roll of film. It was strange to see that plane floating on the "lake" and even more strange to see it take off! Great memory.
Citizen

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#3
May 9, 2009
 
I recall a few years earlier, around 1953, there was another airplane incident in El Paso. A large Air Force bomber crashed into the Franklin Mountains just above the Camelot Apts off of Stanton Street. Does anyone remember this? I recall my father and uncle talking about it when I was about 4 or 5 years old.
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#4
May 9, 2009
 
This was quite an event and many El Paso families went to Ascarate Lake to see the Navy plane. Does anyone know which Navy squadron the P5M Marlin belonged to? I later served with a VP squadron that flew P3C Orion aircraft, the successors to the P5s.
Large William

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May 10, 2009
 
dbarron2,
I also served in VPs, 5 squadrons (yeah, I was a lifer). Must have been the karma of that dang P5, ha.
Dave

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May 10, 2009
 
Citizen wrote:
I recall a few years earlier, around 1953, there was another airplane incident in El Paso. A large Air Force bomber crashed into the Franklin Mountains just above the Camelot Apts off of Stanton Street. Does anyone remember this? I recall my father and uncle talking about it when I was about 4 or 5 years old.
A B-36 crashed into the Franklin Mountains in December 1953. You can Google "B-36 Crash El Paso" for information and photos. Some of the wreckage is still up there, along with a never-completed memorial to the crew.
Fixed

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May 11, 2009
 
Dave wrote:
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A B-36 crashed into the Franklin Mountains in December 1953. You can Google "B-36 Crash El Paso" for information and photos. Some of the wreckage is still up there, along with a never-completed memorial to the crew.
Yup, my older brother and father hiked up to see the pieces. My dad recalls walking down a street in Juarez in the snow and hearing the airplane engines strain to pull up right before a loud 'boom'.
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May 11, 2009
 
Fixed wrote:
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Yup, my older brother and father hiked up to see the pieces. My dad recalls walking down a street in Juarez in the snow and hearing the airplane engines strain to pull up right before a loud 'boom'.
Baloney ! your dads a liar. Their is no way he could have heard the engines strain, because they lost all engine power about a mile out. Tell your dad to shove it , he is a liar.
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May 11, 2009
 
Petro wrote:
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Baloney ! your dads a liar. Their is no way he could have heard the engines strain, because they lost all engine power about a mile out. Tell your dad to shove it , he is a liar.
You are one crude and rude pathetic individual.
Dos Eques

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May 11, 2009
 
Petro wrote:
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Baloney ! your dads a liar. Their is no way he could have heard the engines strain, because they lost all engine power about a mile out. Tell your dad to shove it , he is a liar.
On December 11, 1953 a B-36, SN 44-92071, was being transfered from Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas to Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas. The plane crashed into the west side of the Franklin Mountains at around 3pm while attempting to land in bad weather. The plane carried a crew of 9 and there were no survivors. Now, 55 years later, all that remains of the once glorious plane is three propellers, a jet engine, one of the landing gear assemblies, and bits and pieces of cables, wires, and aluminum.
Nowhere does it say they lost engine power.
AliceInWonderlan d

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May 11, 2009
 
Ese wrote:
My father took film of the incident and I still have that roll of film. It was strange to see that plane floating on the "lake" and even more strange to see it take off! Great memory.
You should make the film available to the public. We would pay for it.
EPPD bike rider

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#12
May 11, 2009
 
I remember when an army test plane crashed in El Paso, it was around 1946. The Japs had just invaded Ruidoso, they wanted the cabins for some good R and R. I went up there and to see what was going on, but I was kidnap by Aliens from Mars, that's all I remember.

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May 11, 2009
 
EPPD bike rider wrote:
I remember when an army test plane crashed in El Paso, it was around 1946. The Japs had just invaded Ruidoso, they wanted the cabins for some good R and R. I went up there and to see what was going on, but I was kidnap by Aliens from Mars, that's all I remember.
Don't forget the probing the aliens did to you!
Matt

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#14
Dec 1, 2010
 
I heard the B-36 went down cause they could not see the mountains cause they were covered by clouds at the time, you all know how the west side of the mountains cloud over sometimes in winter. Poor guys were headed straight for biggs almost perfectly in line from the direction they were traveling. but who knows i could be wrong.
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#15
Dec 1, 2010
 
I heard a Sabre jet crashed in Ascarate lake in 1952 and sharks ate the remains of the pilot.

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#16
Dec 14, 2010
 
Trish Long, EP Times archivist, has posted 4 articles on the Navy P5 Marlin that made an emergency landing at Ascarate Lake in April 1960: http://elpasotimes.typepad.com/morgue/2010/03... .
I confirmed VP-48 out of NAS North Island as the squadron by corresponding with the assigned plane captain and ordnanceman. Have collected quite a few clippings from NAS North Island, San Diego, & El Paso newspapers, plus a video of the takeoff. May post it on a website.

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