Since the dawn of recorded history, mankind has been scattering his many tools of war across the globe. Sometimes lost in the heat of battle, and other times just thrown away by warriors too tired to carry them further, these implements of war have often become treasured finds of archaeologists, historians, and collectors around the world. Among the most prized, since the dawn of combat aviation in the early 1900s, are the wrecked and crashed aircraft that have been lost in both war and peace. However, such recovery and restoration efforts are not for the faint of heart, or those without substancial financial resources.These efforts can take place anywhere from polar ice packs in Greenland, to swamps deep inside savannah country. And despite this, across the globe, aircraft recovery teams are continuing their dirty, difficult, and often dangerous efforts to find and preserve the lost warplanes of bygone eras.
To learn more about recovering the wrecks of downed aircraft, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (@Writestream at #MilitaryMonday) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is aviation historian Nicholas "Nick" Veronico, author of the books Hidden Warbirds I and II from Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press). A long-time collector of warbird memorabilia, Nick Veronico is an expert on the wide variety of recovery and restoration efforts for wrecked military aircraft across the world. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions to both gentlemen, in what will be a lively hour that is part Indiana Jones, and part museum restoration.
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