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There are three engines still in pretty good shape - whether they and the guns are worth salvaging I couldn't say.
That is up to the experts in aircraft re-building to decide. A more complete description of the survey of the wreckage is available at Don Pyeatt's B-36 web site.
It descended about 1,000 feet and its airspeed bled off to 135 miles per hour. The flight engineer attempted to increase engine speed to 2,650 RPM and enrich the fuel mixture, but got no response from the engines except for severe backfiring. Although the fuses appeared to be intact, he replaced the master turbo fuse and all of the individual turbo fuses.
The fuel mixture indicators for all of the engines indicated lean. He noticed that the turbo-amplifiers and mixture amplifiers were all cooler than normal.
The wreck is located in an area that is helicopter access only, and was basically destroyed by impact with the side of a mountain. Walter Ross, and Co-pilot Captain Wilbur Evans, and a crew of thirteen took off from Carswell AFB in B-36B, 44-92035 of the 26th Bomb Squadron of the 7th Bomb Wing at A. Immediately after take-off, the #4 alternator would not stay in parallel with the other three alternators, so it was taken off-line and de-excited three minutes into the flight. Then the APG-3 radar for the tail turret started acting up, so S/Sgt. Immediately afterward, radar operator Captain James Yeingst notified Hildebrandt that the APQ-24 radar set blew up and was smoking.
However, one wing, an engine, and part of the fuselage are in very good shape considering the crash appears to have happened in the 1950's. About one minute after the #4 alternator was shut down, flames 8 to 12 feet long erupted from around the air plug of the number-one engine. Six minutes after take-off, the flight engineer shut down the number-one engine, feathered its propeller, and expended one of its Methyl bromide fire extinguishing bottles. Vibration from the firing of the guns was causing shorting between the internal components of the radar. The cannons in the left forward upper turret and the left rear upper turret stopped firing.
On February 13, 1950, the crew of B-36B, serial 44-92075 was forced to abandon the Peacemaker in icing conditions after flame was seen coming from three engines, which were then shut down.
they were apparently the first to set foot there since the 1950's.
Here are synopses of Air Force accident reports about some major B-36 crashes.
B-36B, 44-92079, Lake Worth, Texas, September 15, 1949 B-36B 44-92075, British Columbia, Canada, February 13, 1950 B-36B 44-92035, South of Carswell AFB, Texas, November 22, 1950 B-36D 49-2658, Near Perkins, Oklahoma, April 27, 1951 B-36D 44-92050, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington April 15, 1952 B-36D 49-2661, Ocean off Mission Beach, California, August 5, 1952 B-36H 51-5719, Nethermore Woods, Great Britain, February 7, 1953 B-36H 51-5729, Labrador, Canada, February 12, 1953 RB-36H 51-13721, Newfoundland, Canada, March 18, 1953 SB-29 44-69982, Newfoundland, Canada, March 18, 1953 RB-36H 51-13722, 2 Miles from Ellsworth AFB, August 27, 1954 B-36B, 44-92079, crashed into Lake Worth on the night of September 15, 1949.
Flight engineer Captain Samuel Baker retarded the spark, set the mixture controls to "normal", and set the engine RPMs to 2,500 to increase the power from the remaining engines.
Unknown to Captain Baker, the vibration from the guns had disabled the electrical systems controlling the spark settings and fuel mixture.
Doug Davidge of Environment Canada was among those present.