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    Re: Flight 19 route: wrong course
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2009 Nov 26, 16:28 -0800

    Gary LaPook wrote:
    > 
    > But there is yet another mystery. The planes were supposed to have 
    > practiced bombing on a ship wreck. That wreck is the ship Sapono. The 
    > problem is that the Sapona is 25.6 NM SSW of Great Issacs, I know 
    > because I have dived upon it. Its location is 25� 30.1' N, 79� 17.6' W'. 
    > I am attaching a photo from Google Earth of the ship.
    
    I never saw your original message because of that attachment. One of my 
    email filters automatically routes any message with an attachment to the 
    trash folder.
    
    Are you sure about those coordinates? The Miami sectional chart shows no
    shipwreck there, and the point is more than 30 NM from Great Isaac Island.
    
    Descriptions I've seen on the Web say the Sapona is between South Bimimi
    and Cat Cay. The sectional shows a wreck in that area, at N25�39'
    W079�18', 207�T and 25 NM from Great Isaac Island.
    
    > Where does the location of the Sapona fit into your picture?
    
    It doesn't fit at all. I had assumed the wreck depicted on the sectional
    chart at N26�00' W079�08' (about 4 NM SW of Great Isaac Island) was the
    Sapona. But everything I've seen on the Web puts Sapona in the Bimimis. 
    Whether you fly course 091 or 097, it would require a big detour to the 
    south.
    
    I'm beginning to suspect the Sapona is another error which has
    propagated down through the years. How did that ship get into the story?
    Web pages that appear to draw directly from the Navy report don't
    mention it. They merely say Flight 19 was supposed to practice bombing
    at Hen and Chickens Shoals.
    
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