After scrapping Plan "A" on my previous hike day (due to being too out-of-shape) to hike this day, to the Humphreys Peak Summit from the Snow Bowl TH, this very rewarding Humphreys B-24 Bomber Crash Site hike (Plan "B") was an excellent choice and well worth the effort!
My posted geocoded pic set with detail captions and posted GPS Route tells my best narrative story, but I did want to share some additional historical facts regarding the World War II, B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber
from which this hike derived its name: Pic of a B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber: http://www.hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=146320 History:
Life for the B-24 heavy bomber began in 1939, when the U.S. Army Air Corps initiated a request for a new bomber designed to exceed the performance of the B-17. Consolidated Aircraft responded quickly with its proposal, labeled Consolidated Model 32 and, on March 30 of 1939, was awarded the contract. One day short of nine months later, on December 29, 1939, the first flight of the XB-24 bomber prototype took place. Specifications (B-24H/J):
Engines: Four 1,200-hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-65 Twin Wasp turbocharged radial piston engines.
Weight: Empty 36,500 lbs., Max Overload Takeoff 71,200 lbs.
Wing Span: 110ft. 0in.
Length: 67ft. 2in.
Height: 18ft. 0in.
Maximum Speed at 25,000 ft: 290 mph
Cruising Speed: 215 mph
Ceiling: 28,000 ft.
Range: 2,100 miles
10 12.7-mm (0.5-inch) machine guns in nose, upper/ventral ball turrets and tail turret, and lateral fuselage positions.
12,800 lb. maximum bomb load.Number Built:
18,000+Number Still Airworthy:
Three (Two B-24Js and one LB-30)