De Kalb, Texas
De Kalb Texas is located in the far eastern part of the state.
I popped over there from Louisiana to see this.
I braved the second annual gathering of Girl Scouts to bring this feature to you dear followers. I just want you to know the hazards I take sometimes in bringing you these wonderful stories. There must have been close to a hundred of them. Looks like this Girl Scout has had enough for the day.
A brief write-up of the tragedy. There has always been some controversy over the event so if you are interested click here for the Wikipedia story and scroll down to the bottom about Ricky's death.
This is all that remained of the plane as the rest was entirely consumed in the fire. No doubt the engines survived to some degree but...well...I forgot to make any notes after talking with the nice lady at the museum. Sorry. It's the Girl Scouts fault.
The tail stabilizer is missing as someone made off with it
before the tail section could be moved into town.
The plane was a DC 3 that belonged to Jerry Lee Lewis. As the Wiki article mentions, Ricky dreaded flying but refused to travel by his own personal tour bus. Plus this plane had a long history of mechanical problems and knowing that, if I were Ricky I would of had my own bus. I too dread flying and will not do so anymore since I now have all the time there is to get wherever I want to go.
I just wonder why he refused to travel on the road by bus.
Inside they had the corner of a small room devoted to Ricky Nelson. The lady pushed in a VCR tape with the recording of the local news broadcast from that night for me to watch. I thought I was going to get to sit on the floor watch it on that black and white TV,
just like the old days when I'd watch Ozzie and Harriet.
The night of the crash
The next day and you can see the now missing stabilizer still intact.
More tomorrow. Have to go. Some Girl Scout cookies await me.