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Delta7
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posted 04-15-2008 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if there's any kind of plaque or other marker at the site where Elliott See and Charlie Bassett perished?

I fly into Saint Louis Lambert Field on occasion, and the FBO (General Aviation Terminal) where I go isn't very far from where it happened. I've tried to visualize what it would have looked like to see the T-38 breaking off and circling at low altitude from that vantage point, which would have been a pretty good one. I ask because I'd like to pay my respects if such a spot exists, but am wary about poking around, preferring to go by myself without any fuss if such is possible. Anyone know anything?

ColinBurgess
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posted 04-15-2008 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although it may not be of much help to you, I was in close contact with both the Bassett and See families while researching "Fallen Astronauts" and none of them mentioned any sort of plaque or memorial at the site of the crash. In fact Jeannie Bassett said she could never bring herself to going anywhere near the place.

Wasn't there someone on collectSPACE a while back who said they were working there on the day of the crash?

Colin

Delta7
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posted 04-15-2008 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the reply!

micropooz
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posted 04-15-2008 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I worked at McDonnell-Douglas in the early '80's. In Building 101, where their T-38 hit the roof, you could look up and see a different color area in the roof where it was repaired. But no plaque or memorial.

After 25 years, the repair may not even be noticeable any more.

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