What Really Happened To Flight 19?
Sixty-five years ago, Vero Beach-based Navy pilots played a vital role in one of aviation’s greatest mysteries.
photography courtesy of the Vero Beach U.S. Naval Air Station Collection at the Archive Center of Indian River County Main Library
Vero Beach has been the scene of several of the most intriguing mysteries discovered in Florida: the bone fragment found by James Kennedy that seems to feature the earliest artwork known in North America; the skeletal remains of an Ice Age man that were unearthed, then lost; the ancient fossilized bones of a gigantic sloth that also roamed the area.
Not all of our local mysteries are prehistoric, however. Just months before the Vero Beach Naval Air Station closed as a military base at the end of World War II, naval aviators stationed here also played a key role in one of the great mysteries of the 20th century – the disappearance of Flight 19 in the Bermuda Triangle. Today, 65 years later, the mystery remains unsolved.
Read the entire article in the December 2010 issue