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LISTEN to ABC Radio International Battle For Ballale interview (Nov 19, 08)

LISTEN to ABC Radio International Lost planes, Lost Men (Feb 3, 08)

LISTEN to NPR interview: A Travel Nightmare (Dec 14, 07)

WATCH 7 Australia News coverage (Dec 16, 07)

READ Australia Network Focus Balalai (Dec 9, 07)

READ Air&Space Wisdom on Solomon (May 08)

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Air & Space Magazine: The Wisdom on Solomon

Air & Space Magazine, April / May 2008


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Air & Space Magazine The Wisdom of Solomon


The Wisdom of Solomon

Page 12 

>>> JUSTIN TAYLAN, who has been cataloguing and researching World War II Pacific theater aircraft wrecks since 1993, was recently detained by the Royal Solomon Island Police Force, along with three colleagues, and charged with entering the Solomon Islands illegally (“Mystery on Guadalcanal,” Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007).  Last November the four explorers had come upon a salvage operation on Ballale Island.  “We saw six Zero fighter, a Val dive bomber, and a Betty bomber being illegally removed,” Taylan reported on his website, www.PacificWrecks.com.  


The group members pleaded innocent, saying they had crossed borders through a published port of entry and in accordance with Solomon Island law.  After a December trail, a magistrate pronounced them guilty on all counts.  The maximum sentence was three years in jail; the magistrate instead imposed a total fine of $108.  Says Ralph Wetterhahn, who wrote about Taylan’s work for Air & Space, “I think the whole thing was orchestrated as a message for Taylan to stop mucking up the attempts by paying customers to steal wrecks.”

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