Monday, February 27, 2006

Broken Wings


Underwater Aviation Archaeology

This site is intended as a resource dedicated to the exploration, discovery, documentation, conservation and presentation of heritage (eg, recently discovered, and WW2) aircraft crash sites worldwide. It has a number of facets, for example:

• submerged aviation archaeology (hence the involvement of WAMM)

• conservation

• in-situ preservation

• Partial or total recovery

• Exhibits

• Technical research

• Publication.

The site is aimed at anyone who's desire it is to accurately record, preserve, or present their findings for the benefit of the sites, their stories, the people involved, their relatives and for the future.

This site and its many links to other sites might also serve as a resource that could lead to the study of crashed heritage aircraft becoming recognised as a bonafide heritage or archaeological endeavour. It could also provide links to those who might be able to assist with experiences, new ideas, expertise or other contacts.

Contributors can either have an electronic link to their own site, or they can present their project or finds on this site where it will be viewed by an international audience. Their conclusions, methodology, etc can then be presented for the benefit of others invoved, to add to the body of knowledge and to publicize their work.

Should they wish to, contributors could also seek to obtain feedback from professional, historical and academic bodies and from experienced avocational practitioners who are linked here (ie, capable, independent searchers, researchers, conservators and restorers).

It is not an aim of this site to prescribe method, to criticise, or in any way seek to regulate activities. It is however hoped that the site may assist in the development of a free exchange such that the diminishing archaelogical resource is better managed.

They are also not going to forget the human element: A single aircraft crashing in some remote part of the world is more than thesum parts of its scattered and twisted wreckage. Its journey from assembly to operations, to its final resting place, may well have involved and affected hundreds of people in apparently un-related and fragmented areas, not forgetting emotional attachments thatcan hold for a lifetime where tragedy occurs.

It is our wish, in developing this site and making it readily availablein an un-biased manner, that contributor's, discoveries, research and stories may help unite many of these disparate elements - search, research, discovery, documention, preservation and presentation about the aircraft, the sites, the exhibitions, the reports and people.

Please follow the menu prompts to navigate your way through the site. They hope that you enjoy it and look forward to your contributions.



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