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Thursday, 16 August 2012

A return to Unionville

I don't normally post a personal message on this blog regarding my own plans but I thought it prudent to mention that I do intend to re-visit Unionville in 2014 and see if any progress has been made with plans to build a plaque and plant a tree at the actual site.

I look forward to returning as I feel my involvement with Flight 11 will be ongoing and lifelong.

Another photo from Jon Sperry of the crash site of Flight 11.

I had previously told some people that I wouldn't upload this photo of the crash site of Flight 11 taken just after the crash (I'm guessing the day after or the second day after). At this point the main wreckage has been further crushed up to assist in the body recovery from the main cabin area. As there is nothing in this photo that people can't see publicly at the Putnam County museum I thought it okay to place it here for historical purposes at the very least.

As always though if any of the family members wish for this to be removed then contact me immediately @

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Edward Sullivan, Co-pilot of Flight 11

The family of Edward Sullivan has contacted me and Duane via this blog and email communication re Flight 11. Mr Sullivan was the co-pilot of Flight 11 that fateful evening. He along with Capt. Gray and Second Officer Dean Allen fought to get the 707 under control minus its tail section and had prepared the aircraft for an emergency descent and landing prior to losing the tail section.

We had not heard from the Sullivan's before now to my knowledge.

The Sullivan's are more than welcome to get in touch with me at

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Alan S. Boyd, Chairman of Civil Aeronautics Board at time of Flight 11

Alan S. Boyd, the man who was chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board when Flight 11 went down has a long and distinguished career in aviation and transportation. He was born in 1922 and is still alive. His current whereabouts or contact details however are unknown.

He later went on to be the First United States Secretary of Transportation from 1967-1969 under Lyndon B. Johnson's term in office.

He also served in WWII.

It was President Dwight Eisenhower who appointed him to the Civil Aeronautics Board in 1959 and he remained there until 1966. He is one of the gentleman who is mentioned in the Flight 11 accident report as being Chairman of the Board.

He later went on to be President of the Illinois Central Railroad and then Amtrak before retiring in the early 1980s to Edmonds, Washington.


Whitney Gillilland, Civil Aeronautics Board Member, Flight 11

For those of you who have read the accident report of Flight 11 you may have noticed a Whitney Gillilland was one of the people who signed their name at the conclusion of the report. Whitney was a member of the Civil Aeronautics Board from 1959 to 1976. He died in 1993.

The reason I mention this is many of his papers he wrote about aviation were rather influential at the time and he served as chairman of the board of accident investigators from 1960 to 1961. I believe he was one of the chief investigators of Flight 11 and was also from Iowa. He donated many of his documents and papers from his time at the Civil Aeronautics Board to the University of Iowa Special Collections department.

I have a list of Whitney's papers kept on file in the special collections department. As I don't live in the USA though I can't get to these papers and they are not available online or in a scanned copy.

I mention all this in case anyone has a further interest to see what Mr Gillilland's papers contain as there may be further information about Flight 11 although as I say, I can't confirm what these papers contain exactly.

The link to them is as follows;