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  • This is actually the lead ship of Flight 19.

  • Wow!

  • The exact same plane as this is Flight 19.

  • Yes.

  • The final word to the men on Flight 19

  • have been studied and pored over.

  • Every sentence and word analyzed, in depth, by

  • the Navy's after action report.

  • And then of course, re-analyzed by armchair historians

  • and hacky curse TV shows.

  • Walk me through it.

  • What happened to Flight 19?

  • What's the deal?

  • TERRY RUSH: It was a training flight for navigation training,

  • believe it or not.

  • So we just got back from the Sapona, which we dove on.

  • That was their target.

  • So we know they dropped their bombs on the Sapona.

  • TERRY RUSH: Correct.

  • What was their path after that?

  • TERRY RUSH: Due east.

  • Due east.

  • For another 60, 70 miles.

  • OK.

  • Then make a turn to the north, northwest.

  • What happened?

  • It's a big mystery to this day.

  • Right.

  • Nobody knows exactly what happened to them.

  • Nobody knows, but there are theories.

  • Colleen Sterling is the LeBron James of aviation probability

  • analysis.

  • You maybe didn't know there was a LeBron James of that.

  • After two years of searching for Air France Flight 447,

  • Colleen was brought in as part of a small team

  • to reanalyze the data.

  • They found the wreckage in less than five days.

  • COLLEEN STERLING: The first thing

  • we did is looked at the 500 page Navy report that came out.

  • The communications, all the radar hits that they had,

  • and we wrote a chronology.

  • The key transmissions, everything is map based, right?

  • Right.

  • COLLEEN STERLING: So I'll put like where they launched from

  • and the time.

  • And then I'll draw the line where they were supposed to go.

  • And then I can calculate with the wind and their heading,

  • how long it should have taken them to get

  • to their first turn point. - Uh-huh.

  • COLLEEN STERLING: I thought about that first turn point

  • and then I said, well, where could

  • they have gone from there?

  • They were trying to go back to the northwest,

  • but the wind was blowing them and they may have not

  • made the turn sharp enough and might have got significantly

  • blown to a different heading.

  • Powers.

  • What is your compass reading, Powers?

  • I don't know where we are.

  • Must have gotten lost after that last turn.

  • NT-28, this is FT-74, what is your trouble?

  • Oh, both my compasses are out and I'm trying to find

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • So this is the compass here.

  • TERRY RUSH: That's the magnetic compass.

  • That's the magnetic compass.

  • So he would be looking at this. What else would he look at?

  • TERRY RUSH: He would look at that and then he'd-- down

  • on his instrument panel, you have what's called

  • the gyrocompass here.

  • That you set this with this knob to agree with this.

  • To agree with-- to that.

  • TERRY RUSH: This bounces around.

  • Sure.

  • TERRY RUSH: That one is very stable.

  • COLLEEN STERLING: Taylor, who's the flight lead,

  • was talking about the compass didn't look right.

  • He started to get confused.

  • Don't they know they have to get back?

  • COLLEEN STERLING: Taylor thought that they needed

  • to fly to the northeast because he thought they

  • were over the Florida Keys.

  • How did you think--

  • COLLEEN STERLING: It's very hard to imagine

  • him getting that lost.

  • He didn't seem to have his wits about him on this flight.

  • Then you hear them arguing on the radio.

  • It's really sad.

  • But--

  • We've just passed over a small island

  • and we have no other land in sight.

  • Turn on your emergency IFF gear.

  • Or do you have it on?

  • IFF gear was off.

  • I'm turning it on now.

  • What's IFF gear?

  • TERRY RUSH: IFF, that's an acronym for Identification,

  • Friend or Foe.

  • OK.

  • TERRY RUSH: Right here, for example, see this says 1,200.

  • And then IFF, they would have given him a code to squawk.

  • To put as friend.

  • TERRY RUSH: Put in there and it would

  • be picked up on their radar.

  • He didn't have it on.

  • He didn't have it on.

  • Should he have had it on?

  • Especially if I want help in finding out where I am.

  • Right.

  • FT-28 to [inaudible] [inaudible] 3,

  • one of the planes in the flight thinks if we went 270 degrees,

  • we could hit land.

  • TERRY RUSH: 270, that's due west.

  • Somebody with a decent compass or somebody else is like,

  • hey we just go 270.

  • We're going to hit land eventually.

  • TERRY RUSH: To get to their bombing target,

  • they flew due east. - Right.

  • TERRY RUSH: Well just fly due west and it'd take you back--

  • [interposing voices]

  • TERRY RUSH: --where you came from.

  • Yeah, right.

  • We'll hit land some point.

  • TERRY RUSH: Yeah.

  • FT-28 all planes in flight, change

  • course to 0 90 for 1 minute.

  • So now they're going--

  • TERRY RUSH: Back east again. - Powers.

  • Back east again.

  • And if we just fly west, we would get home.

  • Hold it.

  • Head west.

  • [inaudible]

  • COLLEEN STERLING: Powers, who is the ranking guy on the flight,

  • he kept saying we need to go west.

  • Right.

  • COLLEEN STERLING: And then it gets

  • corroborated with a radar track that came from the Solomons

  • aircraft carrier.

  • And where did that see them?

  • COLLEEN STERLING: The radar track

  • showed aircraft going south.

  • Huh.

  • COLLEEN STERLING: Over land.

  • There's a good chance that it could

  • be somewhere in this mid-peninsula, east coast

  • of Florida region.

  • So that wouldn't surprise you at all.

  • COLLEEN STERLING: No.

  • The model supports that.

  • Wow.

  • We are now flying 270 degrees.

  • We will fly 270 degrees until we hit the beach

  • or run out of gas.

  • [dramatic music]

  • And now they know they're in trouble because it's like--

  • TERRY RUSH: They're out of time.

  • They're going to run out of gas.

  • TERRY RUSH: Yeah.

  • And they just don't have a clue where they are.

  • When the first plane drops below 10 gallons,

  • we all go down together.

  • Everyone understand that?

  • [dramatic music]

This is actually the lead ship of Flight 19.

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