Photographer's Note

Continuing with my theme of cool and unusual subjects found in Iceland, today I'm showing you this US Army Airplane that crashed landed.

Here's the story...

In 1972 a US Army pilot while flying over Iceland noticed his fuel gauge, it read that he's almost on Empty. Knowing he still has hundreds and hundreds of miles to his destination, the pilot deliberately crash lands the plane on a deserted Black Sand Beach just outside the city of Vik. In later investigations, it turned out the airplane had plenty of fuel, but the fuel gauge was working improperly. Nobody died in the crash landing.

Instead of spending thousands of dollars shipping the plane back to the US, the Army decided to leave the plane AS IS, and it still remains there today, some 40 years later.

Again, this is a subject i knew about through my research, and i was BOUND and DETERMINED to locate it myself or die trying. I read many travelers own personal blogs, and they couldn't find it on several attempts, so i'm glad we got lucky :)

It was incredibly difficult. For starters, the black sand beach is HUGE, it goes for miles and miles, and it has the look and appearance of being on the Moon! When driving on the beach searching, you are literally thinking you're an Astronaut! Iceland is so amazing that way!

The airplane seems to blend in SO well with the surrounding black sand beach, it fools the eye into thinking its a large boulder, again, so amazing. You have to experience it to believe it.

I was so determined to locate this plane, that if I hadn't, I would have actually deemed the trip to Iceland a bit of a disappointment - thats how important it was to me. We couldn't find the plane on our first attempt, but we found it on our second attempt!

I'll add a couple of WS photo's for you to see what i mean about the plane and how it sits on the black sand beach. Hope you like this hdr.

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