The NC14935: Evidence of a 1936 Airplane Crash
Near Kellogg, Idaho
Research Results

Although dados were not located, the examination of the NC 14935 Crash Site was not without interest in terms of TIGHAR’s research. Besides giving us a better impression than we had heretofore of just what a Lockheed Electra looks like when wrecked, the study yielded some specific potentially useful data. We observed that some (perhaps all) of the aluminum had been coated with some kind of blue wash, visible today only in protected locations. This wash is quite distinctive, and could be useful for comparison with some enigmatic remnants of surface coating detected on a large section of aircraft skin found on Nikumaroro. A piece of wing with vestiges of this wash was recovered from the site for comparative analysis. Three glass fragments were also recovered for comparison with flat glass found on Nikumaroro.

Eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places
In its proposal to the Forest Service to conduct this project, TIGHAR offered the opinion that the NC14935 Crash Site is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Although our inspection has shown that the site has lost a good deal of integrity, we continue to feel that it meets at least National Register Criteria “a” (for association with the history of aviation and airmail in the area) and “d” (for the information it can provide both for TIGHAR’s research and perhaps other research into the structure of early Lockheed aircraft).

TIGHAR is grateful to the following people for their assistance, without which this project could not have been completed:

  • Tracy Gravelle, Resource Forester, St. Joe Ranger District, Avery, Idaho
  • Mervin Floodman, Acting Archeologist, Idaho Panhandle National Forests
  • Mary H. Williams, Heritage Program Manager, Bitterroot National Forest
  • Dr. Michael Beckes, Region 1 Archeologist, USDA Forest Service
  • John Hartman, Coeur d’Alene Tribe
  • Quanah Matheson, Coeur d’Alene Tribe
  • Suzi Neitzel, Idaho State Historical Society
  • Jessica Sheppard – Coeur d’Alene Idaho
  • Shane Sheppard – Coeur d’Alene Idaho
  • Lauren Paul – Boise, Idaho

Introduction & Purpose Background Research Fieldwork Site Description Aircraft Parts Noted Interpretation
Research Results; Eligibility for National Register; Acknowledgements Bibliography Appendix 1: Advertisement for LUX Airplane Fire System

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