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Monday, 22 May 2017

55th anniversary

This May 22nd marks the 55th anniversary of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 11. It also marks the tenth anniversary of my direct involvement in the memorial and subsequent communications with family members and with the late Mr Duane Crawford of Unionville ,Mo. This man was instrumental in getting the memorial off the ground and in arranging everything for the memorial services to honour those who died that fateful night.

Continental Flight 11-lest we forget .

Friday, 5 May 2017

Aurora Continental 707 model.

An avid airplane model collector has contacted me with a stunning piece of information regarding a model 707 produced in 1962. See photo attached of the box. The model is in the same colour scheme as Flight 11 and carries the rego of sister ship N70773. Interesting that they produced these models and that some are still extant. Apparently the model was discontinued in 1962, possibly because of the crash of Flight 11. Anyone with any more info don't hesitate to contact. Otherwise an interesting looking model and something I was not aware of!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Flight 11 memorial now on google maps

It has come to my attention that the flight 11 memorial now features on google maps as an historical landmark. See photo attached

Monday, 16 January 2017

Duane Crawford USMC retired

It is with the heaviest heart and the most sorrow that I must report to all that Duane Crawford has passed away. This gentleman was  intstrumental in bringing so many flight 11 families together over the years. He has arranged countless details to do with the commemoration services in 2010 and 2012 and has corresponded with so many different people connected with the crash. He tied all the loose ends together and he was someone I considered a great friend and humanitarian. Duane was instrumental in arranging a number of trips to the crash site as well as organising my own trip to the USA in 2012 to attend the 50th anniversary service. The world has lost a truly tremendous person. Without him this blog would never have gone on and Flight 11 would remain forgotten.

Friday, 13 January 2017


This blog, after 10 years, has reached over 50,000 views as at 13th January 2017. That's a huge jump over a decade and certainly the last couple of years has seen an ever increasing interest in the Flight 11 blog.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Flight 11 book

Hello folks,

As many of you will be aware about three years ago I started writing the Flight 11 book detailing my experiences and involvement with the flight. It went into detail about some of the people I encountered along the way, this blog and countless bits of information from various correspondence I had received since starting my blog in 2007 and so on. Sadly no professional publishers have ever been interested in publishing the manuscript and I worked for three years altering it and tweaking it. Some people who read it have personally found it a good read. I did consider self publishing in late 2015 but as 2016 slipped by it fell by the wayside. At any rate there is a manuscript and anyone wishing to read the Flight 11 story is welcome to a digital copy via email of the manuscript. I may look to self publish at some point in the future. 2016 was a particularly rough year for me personally and so I've kept things low key via here. As always if any new information comes to light or there's anything further anyone needs to add don't hesitate to contact me. Happy New Year and here's to a successful and prosperous 2017.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

An odd twist - does anyone know ?

Some weeks ago I was alerted by Duane Crawford of the re-discovery, after 54 years, of two items of jewelry that had been sitting in a home in Centerville Iowa since just after the crash of Flight 11. It seems these pieces ,a Boeing 707 brooch and a panther brooch both in gold, we're discovered in a field a few days after Flight 11 went down. The assumption has been that they were from the aircraft. It seems they were taken to a private residence and have only resurfaced over five decades later. If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated as the family of the owner would appreciate having them back.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

54th anniversary wreath. May 22nd, 2016

Photos supplied by Duane Crawford

Memorial wreath to mark 54th anniversary in Unionville

Sandy and Duane Crawford were kind enough to arrange a wreath to be displayed at the memorial stone site in the centre of Unionville to mark the 54th anniversary on May 22. Such a kind and beautiful gesture to honour those passengers and crew whose lives were horribly cut short on May 22 1962.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Missouri aviation historical society

The Missouri aviation historical society was good enough to place a message about the 54th anniversary of Continental Airlines Flight 11 on their Facebook page. The society seeks to preserve the role aviation has played in Missouri since the dawn of powered flight.