Civil Air Patrol saved man’s life 40 years ago

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Using a small piece of yellow paper, Dr. F. Peter Simmons describes how a wallet kept his lung from collapsing after he was injured in a single-engine plane crash in the Adirondack Mountains of New York in August, 1969. Simmons, who was insstrumental in the developm,ent of the Hubble telescope, credited his survival after the crash to the Civil Air Patrol unit that found him. He was speaking to a gathering of the Grand Junction Civil Air Patrol at First Christian Church on Saturday.



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Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Using a small piece of yellow paper, Dr. F. Peter Simmons describes how a wallet kept his lung from collapsing after he was injured in a single-engine plane crash in the Adirondack Mountains of New York in August, 1969. Simmons, who was insstrumental in the developm,ent of the Hubble telescope, credited his survival after the crash to the Civil Air Patrol unit that found him. He was speaking to a gathering of the Grand Junction Civil Air Patrol at First Christian Church on Saturday.

F. Peter Simmons remembers very little from the plane crash that nearly cost him his life. All the Battlement Mesa man knows is the tail of the single-engine plane he was flying hit a tree.…




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