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"X-Hunters" to discuss search for crashed planes during AVC presentation

X Hunters Poster

Efforts by two men to research and locate crash sites of historic aircraft and experimental planes from Edwards Air Force Base and Nevada's Area 51 will be discussed at a free presentation 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at Antelope Valley College's Board Room, SSV 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

Known as "The X-Hunters" for tracking the fate of experimental aircraft, authors Peter W. Merlin and Tony Moore will discuss their work as profiled in the book, "X-Plane Crashes."

Merlin and Moore have located more than 100 crash sites of exotic aircraft to recover parts of supersonic rocket planes and stealthy spy craft from areas rarely -- if ever -- seen by the public. Each expedition combined crime scene investigation skills with persistence and adventure as they examined contributing causes of crashes and used then-and-now photographs, including rare photos, to illustrate their findings.

Their book profiles the fabled flying wings developed by Northrop in the 1940s, X-1A, X-1D, VB-51, SR-71 and others.

Merlin is an archivist and historian under contract to TYBRIN Corporation at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Moore is a museum assistant at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB, as well as a founding member of the X-Hunters Aerospace Archeology Team and a member of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

Copies of the book, "X-Plane Crashes," will be available for purchase at the event, "Echoes of Thunder - Adventures in Aerospace Archeologists."

The event is sponsored by the college's Flex Committee for staff development. Call (661) 722-6300, ext. 6306 for details.