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Doug Davidge of Environment Canada was among those present.
He provided photographs and reported on the condition of the wreckage: About 40' of aft fuselage and several engines survived demolition (it was probably covered with snow and ice at the time).
Engine conditions deteriorated on the flight back to Carswell Air Force Base. The pilot shut down the number-three engine and feathered its propeller.
The B-36B had only one operating engine on the left wing, so the pilot aborted the remainder of the training mission and set course for Kelly Air Force Base.
The accident was covered by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Even if the majority of the wreck was recovered by the Air Force, one of the tenets of wreck-chasing is that there is always something left after the recovery operation.
This might be an opportunity for a little underwater wreck-chasing.
There are three engines still in pretty good shape - whether they and the guns are worth salvaging I couldn't say.
That is up to the experts in aircraft re-building to decide. A more complete description of the survey of the wreckage is available at Don Pyeatt's B-36 web site.
A helicopter pilot that works in the area and has visited the site provided the following information: The wreck was found last year only 20 miles from the camp where I work every summer. The planned 30-hour training mission consisted of air-to-air gunnery, bombing, simulated radar bombing, and navigational training. The charger for the right gun burned out, so he expended just half of his ammunition. Oliver Hildebrandt noted that the vibration from firing the 20mm cannons increased significantly during the fourth gunnery pass.He climbed into the bomb bay to check the aircraft power panels and fuses, but could not find any problem there.