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I wanted to bring back this Crashed Douglas C-47 Airplane near the town of Vik in Southern Iceland.

It was easily the most rewarding photo shoot I've ever been on in my entire life. No Joke.

To find this beast of a plane on the black sand beach in Southern Iceland is like trying to find a needle in a haystack - blind.

You may be thinking how difficult could it be, its a large plane on the beach? But believe me, it took us 2 days on many separate outings to locate it.

Even in researching the location, we learned of many other travelers to Iceland who wanted to photograph it, but gave up because they just couldn't find it. Its in a very remote area, and it somehow has blended in with the black sandy beach.

From a distance, it looks like large rocks, which are also very common on the landscape which it sits. So it truly is a master of disguise.

It took me 30 min of continuous searching to actually find the location of it on Google Earth. So please check out the "Map View" to see its exact location.

And even knowing where it is on a map doesn't really help in real life. Our 4x4 jeep almost got stuck several times, we were super lucky we didn't get stranded ourselves. We had to cross rivers and streams on foot, feeling the jeep wouldn't make it through the thick sand - so we got out and just walked aimlessly looking for it.

You can see in the "Map View" the river located to the right of the plane. We decided to leave our jeep on the other side of that river as driving through it or certainly around it was NOT going to happen.

I've added a couple of WS photos aswell, one of which is taken from the inside. I didn't know how sturdy it would be, and the floor boards were completely ripped apart so it was a bit tricky but well worth the effort.

The short-story-basic-history of the crashed plane is that of a 1972 US Army Pilot who deliberately crashed the plane on the black sand beach because he read the fuel gauge as being empty. Knowing he had to fly back to the US, he certainly didn't have enough fuel.

Upon further investigation, there was actually plenty of fuel left, the gauge was just malfunctioning.
The US Army decided to strip the plane of its important elements and leave it abandoned.

It still sits there today, 41 years later.

(this image is HDR)

ourania, krzychu30, Gigidusud, jcpix, jjcordier, snunney, timecapturer, gus72 has marked this note useful

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