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Historic Aircraft Recovery Corporation (HARC)
Owners: David Tallichet (deceased) / Alfred Hagen
Attorney: Peter Hess
Chino Airport, California, USA

Click For EnlargementHistoric Aircraft Recovery Corporation (HARC) was a California based aircraft salvage and recover company owned by David Tallichet and Alfred Hagen. This company was likely created as a shell company to facilitate the salvage of historic aircraft. Previously and concurrently, David Tallichet was the founder and president of Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC) previously known as Yesterday's Air Force (YAF) likewise, Alfred Hagen was concurrently the founder of Aero Archeology Ltd.

Royal Navy Corsairs submerged in Sebago Lake in Maine
Historic Aircraft Recovery Corporation (HARC) conducted several search missions to locate historic aircraft for salvage. During the early 2000, they funded the search and documentation with an Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to locate Corsair JT160 and Corsair JT132 that crashed into Sebago Lake in Maine. This salvage was prevented and became the subject of a court case.

At the time, their attorney Peter Hess stated: "Historic Aircraft Recovery is the party that found this plane, the first one to find it and the only party that knows where it is and, fair to say, the only party that has the wherewithal and the experience to recover it and properly restore it so it can be enjoyed by the public at large,we hope to be able to do so." Instead, the court ruled in favor of the State of Maine and United Kingdom not to disturb the pair of Corsairs.

Other Attempted Salvages
Likely, HARC was involved in other salvage negotiations including discussions with the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG / PNG War Museum) for permission to salvage B-17E 41-2446 (aka "Swamp Ghost") from Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Likely, during the middle or late 2000s, HARC disbanded. Likely Alfred Hagen purchased Tallichet's interest in the the company or salvages. Certainly after the passing of David Tallichet on October 31, 2007.

References
Associated Press (AP) "Two WWII fighter planes will remain submerged" November 25, 2003
U. S. District Court District of Maine in Admiralty - Historic Aircraft Recovery Corp. plaintiff v. State of Maine and the United Kingdom November 24, 2003 [PDF]
Court Listener - Historic Aircraft Rec. Corp. v. Wrecked and Aband. F4u-1, 294 F. Supp. 2d 132 (D. Me. 2003)

Finding The Fallen chapter 9 The Corsairs of Lake Sebago
Los Angeles Times Obituary "David Tallichet, 84; WWII pilot preserved historic planes" November 11, 2007

 

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