Lt David Steeves was living the dream.  He was a USAF fighter pilot and instructor flying the T33A shooting star when his jet failed him as he flew over the Sierra’s mountain range.  He ejected and then survived a traumatic fight for survival amongst the rugged terrain… he ought to have been hailed a hero.  Enter the newspaper man Clay Blair and David Steeves life abruptly turned into a nightmare!


DAYTON, Ohio — Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.


Mt Whitney of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.


The Sierra Nevadas.


David Steeves on the day of his rescue.


Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the US Gov, USAF, Cullen328, Jeffrey Pang and Alejandro Pena.