a blog by Peter Stekel

FINAL FLIGHT is the story of four aviators lost in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks on November 18, 1942


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February 2010 [updated May 5, 2010]

I was interviewed by Keri Brown at WVPB for a West Virginia Public Broadcast show about Final Flight which aired on February 22, 2010. You can read her article and listen to an audio HERE or HERE. The audio is five minutes, twenty seconds long. If all you want to do is listen to the audio, click HERE.
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Peter Stekel and Final Flight

on National Geographic Television

February 22, 2010

Last summer, before my hiking trip to the French Pyrenees, I was contacted by Jeremy Jeffs, a BBC4 producer working on a documentary about the disappearance of Steve Fossett in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. In researching airplane crashes in the Sierra, Jeremy came upon the Final Flight website. We spoke on the phone and, based on the information I gave him about bad weather flying in the mountains, he expressed an interest in interviewing me.

I first wrote about this here.

The timing was bad. Jeremy was going to be in California when I was in France. By a stroke of luck, we managed to arrange a meeting in London on the day before I returned home. We drove to the Royal Air Force Museum and for two or so hours, with a B-17 in the background,  he asked me questions about Final Flight and how bad weather could have accounted for the crash of the AT-7.

The program I contributed to was first broadcast on the National Geographic channel February 22 at 5 PM. It has been repeated many times since then. The program is called, "Lost in the Nevada Triangle."

Here is their synopsis



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