Marin Museum of Bicycling Event Bombers to Bicycles: Mt Tam History of Plane Crashes

From Bombers to Bicycles: A brief history of plane crashes on Mt Tamalpais
A slideshow and talk by Matt Cerkel – Thursday, April 27

During World War II, more than 60 military aircraft crashed in Marin County. Wreckage remains on and around Mt Tamalpais, evidence of these tragedies. This month at the Marin Museum of Bicycling, Matt Cerkel will describe how military fliers from across the country became part of Marin County history. 

“Many crew members lost their lives in these crashes,” says Cerkel. “Some had been flying for only a few months.” Cerkel, who has done extensive research on this dramatic history, will recount stories of some of the fliers who risked everything as they prepared for the war raging overseas. He will show images of the fliers and their craft, and show what remains of some of the fallen planes.

When: Thursday, April 27 – 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Where: Marin Museum of Bicycling
Tickets: Advance tickets available through Eventbrite. Or at the door.

A Marin native and longtime ranger for the Marin Municipal Water District, Cerkel has become an expert on local aviation archeology. He has discovered numerous wreck sites that had been forgotten over time. “It’s almost impossible to hike, bike or ride a horse on Tamalpais without passing in proximity of historic wreck sites,” says Cerkel.

Matt Cerkel has extensive knowledge not only of human history around Mt Tam, but also the flora and fauna of our beloved mountain. He will show photographs captured over many years of exploration. Mr Cerkel is president of the Park Rangers Association of California. He is also a wildland firefighter, peace officer, field training officer, and firefighting instructor.

Please join us for this fascinating lecture and slide show about the history of Marin and what may be hidden just off-trail. Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $10 per adult ($5 for students and Marin Museum of Bicycling members). Tickets can be purchased in advance at the museum, online, or at the door the evening of the event. Advance purchase is recommended. Refreshments available. All proceeds benefit the Marin Museum of Bicycling.

The Marin Museum of Bicycling is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization. The museum is a comprehensive bicycle museum and cultural center. Open since 2015, the museum is also home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. For regular hours, admission fees and membership information, please see the museum’s web site: .


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