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26 – Brooks Collins And The Crash of Flying Tiger Flight 282

Come along with Andy and his friend Brooks Collins of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) as they search the hills near San Francisco International Airport for the wreckage of Flying Tiger Airlines flight 282, which crashed there in 1964, right near the spot where Gaspar de Portola’s 1769 expedition became the first Europeans to behold San Francisco Bay. Brooks is a great conversationalist and he’s knowledgeable in an astonishing number of topics, so the conversation ranges from air wreck adventuring and archeology to particle physics, mirages, Nike missile bases, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, tunnel-boring, raptors, and many other topics. Andy, as usual, asks a lot of questions and makes quirky attempts to be amusing. page for this crash:

Lockheed Constellation:

Wreckage from flight 282:

Brooks Collins:


  1. Dan Gordon on 08/20/2020 at 5:29 PM

    How fun, taking a virtual walk with Andy and learning about a moment in history that I had no knowledge of. Thanks Andy for putting this together!

    • Andy Moore on 08/20/2020 at 6:53 PM

      Thanks Dan!

      • Hugh. on 08/30/2020 at 9:26 PM

        Such a fun hike with Brooks and Andy. Learned so many things such as Lockheed Constellation planes, rabbits, snakes, why a double engine air plane makes a throbbing noise, why the pilot of the crashed freighter crashed, that the plane was loaded with christmas toys and on and on. Andy has such a melodious voice I could listen to him talking about about a stucco wall and be glued. Hugh

        • Andy Moore on 08/30/2020 at 10:46 PM

          Aw shucks, Hugh. Thanks for listening!

  2. Mara Levin on 08/22/2020 at 2:49 PM

    I learned so much from both Brooks and Andy. And thanks for making me laugh out loud a few times, too!

    • Andy Moore on 08/26/2020 at 10:36 PM

      Thanks Mara!

  3. Dana Leon on 08/23/2020 at 11:46 PM

    Thought it was a great podcast! Thank you for sharing. I am pleased that you wore your seat belts, LOL. Love the fact that you use a little levity. First one I’ve listened to but I will be listening to more. Thank you again.

    • Andy Moore on 08/26/2020 at 7:02 PM

      Thanks Dana!

  4. Eva Hayward on 08/26/2020 at 7:48 PM

    Thank you for this lovely romp through woods near the SF airport. I wasn’t expecting so many lively accounts of critters — a delight. Yes! How has the red-tailed hawk become *the sound* of wild landscapes in cinema?!

    • Andy Moore on 08/26/2020 at 10:38 PM

      Brooks said it’s because they’re so common in California that it’s the default choice.

  5. Douglas Dixon on 08/27/2020 at 2:52 AM

    Very entertaining discussion that seems to organically meander off topic and then loop back again. I had no idea that Radio Free Europe was a CIA cover (although thinking about it, I guess it makes sense!), so thanks for that additional info!

    • Andy Moore on 08/27/2020 at 7:12 PM

      Maybe my next episode will be about Radio Free Europe! Thanks for listening and commenting, Doug.

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