Silent Heroes of the Cold War Monument (Crash Site/Future Monument Site)
Silent Heroes of the Cold War plaque.
Map of plans for site of Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Monument.
Sketch of Future Memorial.
Remnants of the crash.
Backstory and Context
One of the key motivations for constructing this National Memorial was an event that happened on November 17, 1955. At 7:25 a.m. that morning, a USAF Military Air Transport Service aircraft departed from Burbank, California with an air force crew, engineers, CIA personnel and scientists all aboard and heading for Watertown, now known as Area 51.
At 8:40 a.m. however, the aircraft was reported missing. The full, unabridged story of the fourteen men aboard and the U2 reconnaissance plane they assisted building remained as classified information for well over forty years. Also classified as top-secret information was the personal account of the brave men who risked their lives while traversing subzero temperatures at 11,500 feet to attempt a rescue on Mount Charleston. To this day, pieces of the wreckage are still visible on the mountainside.
Now, after four decades, the time has finally come to tell the world about one of the most fascinating stories of the Cold War. With this future monument, we honor these men and the hundreds of other individuals who have worked hard in secrecy during the Cold War, many of whom have sacrificed everything for our freedom today.
History. Silent Heroes. . Accessed October 03, 2018. http://coldwarmonument.org/the-memorial/history/.