We have decided to build a website to share our vision in the area of historic aircraft recovery and preservation. ITS QUITE A STORY.
At times there have been significant disagreements in philosophy between groups of people who you would think, had the same interests in mind.
Our aim is to see aircraft recovered to allow them to be restored, preferably in flying condition or at least preserved so that they do not deteriorate any further. And it's not just the degradation from the effects of the elements causing corrosion etc. that we worry about. Historic airframes continue to be lost to scrappers, which seems amazing in this 'enlightened' era. Then there are environmental events, such as volcanic activity, floods, falling trees etc which have all taken their toll on previously surviving machines.
Despite these tragic outcomes, there are still detractors who are critical of the few people who are prepared to outlay considerable expense and time, whilst exposing themselves to a level of risk, in order to save some of these at-risk aircraft.
Some people, who espouse their dedication to WW-II history and the aircraft that played such important roles during that conflict, believe these wrecks should not be recovered but rather, 'preserved in-situ' so that visitors to the site can forever see them there 'where they fell'.
It is because of this difference of opinion, that people who endeavour to save these aircraft, have attracted severe criticism from people who would prefer to see the aircraft left untouched. This criticism has gone further to encompass obstruction; often furnishing erroneous information to politicians and journalists with the intention of restricting recovery activity.
The sad truth is that whilst a handful of dedicated people have tried against this opposition to rescue these aeroplanes before they are lost forever, there has been significant scrapping still going on, proving the obvious - that there is no such thing as 'preserved in-situ'. This view that historic aircraft should not be removed in order that they be preserved as memorials in their remote resting places, is at best well intended naïveté, and at worst, ignorance-based obstruction which has only ever served to cause the total loss of more aircraft.
So, here we see why there is the need to set the record straight with regard to the small but dedicated recovery community who have collectively rescued over 100 significant World War Two combat aircraft. Rob Greinert has been active in this pursuit for his entire life. This website is designed to allow Rob to share his experiences in aircraft recovery, and the passion that drives him to keep going back to the jungle to rescue more wrecks before it's too late.