- P-MAN stands for Palau - Marine, Army
Air Force, Navy. XIV means
this is the fourteenth expedition since
we started numbering them (in 1999).
- While the team is in the field, you can read Progress
Reports that we'll try to post as close to daily as possible.
- A few months after completion of the 2012 expeditions, you'll be
able to come back here to read the P-MAN XIV final
report. Be patient.
Click here to read the regular progress
reports as they're posted during this year's expedition.
The 2012 BentProp team was in Palau 15 March – 15
April. For part of that time, we were joined by a team from the
Stockbridge, Michigan High School Advanced Underwater Robotics Program. We'll
give a special shout-out to anyone who can successfully say that rapidly
15 times in a row. The Stockbridge team brought a variety of remotely-operated
sensors with which they helped us scan likely underwater targets that
we've located via side-scan sonar over the past couple of years.
P-MAN XIV objectives:
Participants on the BentProp team were:
- Pat Scannon: Team Leader (California, USA)
- Joe Maldangesang: Master Guide, Boat Captain (Palau)
- Flip Colmer: Delta A320 Captain: P-MAN
XIV Mission Coordinator, Naval Historian, Aviation Expert, Photographer
and Former Diving Instructor (Michigan,
- Major Derek Abbey: USMC active duty, Instructor, Aviation Expert (North
- Dan O’Brien: BentStar Project, Cinematographer, Photographer,
Aviation Historian (California, USA)
- Jolie Liston: Archeologist – part
time as available (Hawaii, USA)
Progress Reports from P-MAN XIV
In Palau, the current time (GMT +9) is:
And the weather there is
While the 2012 expedition was under way, we posted
regular progress reports (see below). Over the past several years many of
you have become regular, eager, enthusiastic readers of the progress reports.
Thanks for your interest and support! And thanks for being understanding
on those occasions when we got behind by a day or so - there were times
when there just weren't enough hours in the day, and we fell asleep before
we could finish documenting the day's efforts.
This year's reports includee contributions by several
of the field team members. Each report indicates who wrote what.
Part way through the mission, the Stockbridge kids decided
to call their ROV "Dingar," a name suggested by the Palauans. According to
the students at Palau High School, in Palauan it means
The ROV team
had described the ROV
some of the problems they experienced and how they fixed them. The Palauan
kids said the ROV should be named "Dingar" because it had
risen from the dead and was now alilve.
2012 Expedition Progress Reports
Report # - Date -
- March 11 - The teams prepare to leave
- 02 - March
Dan O'Brien arrives: BentProp 2012 now officially has boots on the ground
- 03 - March
19 - Time flies when you're having fun. And waiting for
- 04 - March
21 - Flip arrives and gets some much-needed sleep.
- 05 - March
21 - Flip finds art in a
- 06 - March
22 - Corsair!
- 07 - March
24- Data dumping; the ROV team from
- 08 - March
26 - Real science is fun - just not
- 09 - March
26 - To Peleliu and back with the National
- 10 - March 27 - The kids are learning patience
and diligence. Lots of patience and diligence.
- 11 - March
Ah, yes. The old "I-know-where-there's-an-intact-airplane-on-Ngeruktabel" trick.
We fall for it every time!
- 12 - March
29 - The panther finally captures its prey.
- 13 - March
31 - ROV software issues and soil sampling
with the President.
- 14 - April
01 - No joke: Sharp-eyed readers and
aircraft ID teaching points.
- 15 - April
01 - Small plane reported missing Sunday evening in
Palau. NO BentProp or Stockbridge people involved.
- 16 - April
01-02 - Derek arrives,
everybody sees the Jake, and Dingar finally makes a deep dive.
- 17 - April
02-03 - Mixed alliterative bag: snorkeling, surgery,
searching, sonar, soil sampling, and space odyssey.
- 18 - April
04 - The ROV's last mission.
- 19 - April
05 - Dodging
the ciguatera bullet, and rubbing elbows with the movers and shakers.
- 20 - April 06 - The ROV team heads home.
- 21 - April
07 - We finally find a site on Ngeruktabel,
and hold a moonrise seance.
- 22 - April 08 - Sometimes, Plan B isn't
- 23 - April
09 - Long
mud hike delayed by van repairs; SSS work; Flip demonstrates his world-famous
- 24 - April 10 - The world's most grueling
and satisfying jungle hike. Again.
- 25 - April
11 - Flip
departs, Derek takes over Progress Report duty. Short, weird, deep dive.
No-joy shallow dive. Warren picks up dinner by remote control.
- Wrap-up notes & comments submitted
by the Stockbridge ROV team
- 26 - April 14 - Tagging and bagging, and a WAY
cool (strictly business) outrigger canoe ride.
- 27 - April
15-16 - Dan wraps up loose ends and is left with an Empty Nest. P-MAN
XIV is history.
- 28 - April
25 - A capital idea, presented at the
Capitol: the ROV team briefs the the Michigan House of Representatives'
Energy and Technology Committee.