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The Lady of the Lake
by Theresa F Koch   
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Last edited: Thursday, January 03, 2008
Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2001

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Article and Photograph by, Theresa Koch

The Lady of the Lake they call her. It is a strange feeling indeed to walk upon this old weather reconnaissance model aircraft submerged in the water out in the middle of the forest. It makes one wonder as to why she sits out here in this pond in the Alaskan wilderness. So I did a little research and this is the story of "THE LADY OF THE LAKE"!

The Lady was of the last of the WB-29 left here at Eielson A.F.B. after being stripped of all her useful parts that were needed to keep the rest of the fleet flying at the time. Between the 1950’s-1960’s it seems that spare parts were non-existent, so the plane was dropped from their inventory.

Someone thought they should use the lady for open water extraction training at the time in a small pond just a ways off the end of the runway. This was and excellent idea since most off the missions flown at that time out of Eielson were either over the North Pole or the North Pacific.

The lady was hauled out to the pond and set up in her current location. Where aircraft’s used it several times before the cold winters here interrupted training until the spring months arrived. The following spring, the water level in the pond increased to the point where no one could get into the plane, so they just abandoned the lady leaving her where she lay. And this is where she remains to this day.

Over the many years the water has taken over, now only a small portion of the aircraft remains visible. This is quite the popular site for visitors to Eielson’s airforce base I myself have walked out across the frozen pond in the winter to stand upon this aircraft. The “LADY” is located on Transmitter road just before one approaches the Alaskan railroads tracks. There she rests in the Alaskan wilderness for all to see.



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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/3/2008
Thank you for sharing this interesting anecdote, Theresa. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Shirley Harshenin 2/1/2003
Ghosts come in all forms, eh? Interesting write, and photo. Thanks, Teri.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/2/2002
touching tale, lovely pic
Reviewed by Kone Simons 12/31/2001
One-winter pilots landed a large distressed fighter plane on field. The pilots had to walk out to civilization intending on returning in the spring to get the plane. Alas, they had actually landed on a frozen lake. Dreamers still-hunt for the sunken plane to this day.
Reviewed by Patricia Kilbourn 12/23/2001
Very interesting piece - must be cool to walk on a frozen lake to stand atop a plane. Great write.
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 12/22/2001
Oh, I love this one and the photo is wonderful!
Reviewed by Deanna Jones (Reader) 10/3/2001
I'm with David--flowers for the lady. Great write!
Reviewed by Amanda A. 8/25/2001
Great Story...Love the picture.
Reviewed by Dallas Franklin 8/19/2001
You'd wonder why they just leave her in the water. Although leaving her in such precarious circumstances has earned her fame..and sympathy.*S*S And with that..Love. *~:) Excellent photo, Teri and write too!Maybe you should consider a book on unusual sites in the last frontier.*G*
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 8/19/2001
Interesting story~I feel kind of sorry for her too. Great photo. JC
Reviewed by Darlene Zagata 8/18/2001
Excellent story and amazing photo!
Reviewed by Darlene Zagata 8/18/2001
I feel so sorry for her! Somebody ought to bring her flowers.
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