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Incident Name:  BLM fire in the Stillwater Mountains
Date:  10/11/1962
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Age: 
Agency/Organization: Multiple Management Corp, under contract with Bureau of Land Management
Position: aerial firefighters

Summary:
Ted Schuler, pilot
William Chevrolet, co-pilot

The crash of a 4-engine airtanker, a B-17A called Tanker C-15, fighting a fire in the Stillwater Mountans east of Fallon claimed the lives of Ted Schuler and William Chevrolet. The crash was witnessed by Chuck Desher. 

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 in the Stillwater Mountains *Mt Lincoln) at about 7,000 feet; 24 miles east of Fallon, NV

(photos of the area from geocaching.com )

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  • Concise Information from Tom Janney, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • 10/11/1962, Tanker C-15
    • 2 killed, Ted Schuler, pilot and William Chevrolet, co-pilot from Long Beach, CA
    • Operator: Multiple Management Corp since 1960 (possibly located in Long Beach CA); under contract with BLM
    • Type: 4-engine air tanker, BOEING B-17G
    • Aircraft history from Tom:
      • B-17G
      • N3678G
      • Tanker C-15
      • 44-8990
      • 44-8990 seems to have spent its military life as a VIP transport, being loaned by President Truman to Winston Churchill during Churchill's 1946 visit to USA.   Surplus to Davis-Monthan in 1956;   bought by M. L. Alison in 1959 and registered N3678G.   Sold to Clero Enterprises on 1/9/59,
        then to Multiple Management Corp on Nov 7, 1960 and converted to water bomber.   Aircraft crashed near Fallon, Nevada Oct 11, 1962.
      • Image link: Photos: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (299P) Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net
    • Location: on a fire 24 mi east of Fallon NV
    • FAA Registration # N3678G
    • NTSB # None
  • 2 Aviators Die in Fallon-area Crash -- Agencies to Investigate

    article in the Reno Evening Gazette Oct 12, 1962

    Ted Scheuler & William Chevrolet named as fallen Ted Scheuler & William Chevrolet named as fallen
    1962 B17 crash in Stillwater Mts, NV 1962 B17 crash in Stillwater Mts, NV

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Contributors to this article: Tom Janney, Mellie

 

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