Forrest’s 2019 Interviews

These ten videos were shot at Forrest’s home in Santa Fe in late summer of 2019. They cover a wide variety of topics.

There is no discussion related directly to the Treasure Hunt in any of these videos. They are intended to provide viewers with a better idea of just who Forrest Fenn is. This in itself may present ideas that will help unpuzzle the poem.


Eric’s Bell




The Dart


Aide de Camp


Good Lord




Instrument Landing


Malibu Engine




Weather Vane














46 thoughts on “Forrest’s 2019 Interviews

  1. Always great to see more of Forrest!! Thanks for these Dal and for everything you have provided over the years!!

    You da Man!! 🙂

  2. Sabre had a habit of dancing as well….not for the faint of heart…
    watch: Hun Pilots…..on Amazon Prime……great documentary on the Super Sabre and its deadly idiosyncrasies.

  3. Listening to the antics of fighter pilots and the tools of the trade always makes my day. The technology has come a long way baby. Thanks for the vids and a great site to view them on!

  4. “Once in a while, something hits you in the nose. It can be bad or good, it’s always something.”

    Thanks Forrest and to you Dal for these interesting interviews.


  5. Thanks Dal for posting. I love to watch Forrest telling and re-living his moments in time. I see an unmistakable twinkle in his eyes and he seems to be enjoying sharing as much as we enjoy listening. Or at least that is my perception. It never gets old and It’s just the kind of break from the madness of the search that I have needed, and have taken, here lately. A clearing of the mind is very refreshing. It will be back to business soon enough. 🙂

  6. Dal,
    Thanks for sharing! Always great to have more insight and also learn somethings of the world and human nature along the way. I hope you have a fabulous start to the decade! Happy 2020!

  7. Beautiful testimonies! You’ve been refined Forrest and found to be Pure Gold! These short videos brought laughter and tears of joy to me at each ending. Well done Dal! And thank you Forrest for sharing your heart with us!

  8. Great interviews Forrest, thank you.
    I wish my dad would have run into a General Robinson when he served. He ended his Air Force Career of 27 years as base commander of Tule Greenland in the early seventies. He had planned on being stationed in Alaska with the family (which we all had looked forward to). After 2 years away from family in Greenland his health suffered (ulcers) and he retired early (he was a full-bird colonel looking forward to becoming a general). He said that he thought it was punishment from someone higher up. Possibly someone that had the power to make an enemy rather than a friend?
    Good lesson for us all to treat others the way we would like to be treated.
    Thanks again Forrest and Dal for the great posts.

    • Canon City JB I know what you are talking about. The military system of advancement can be corrupted easily by personal vendetta.

      • Thanks Thomas.
        IMO some folks like to flex their egos when it really “doesn’t cost anymore to make a friend than an enemy” as General Robinson wisely said.
        Good luck in the Chase and Happy New Year!

  9. I think the little panel that opened into the slipstream was there to evacuate smoke from the cabin in the event of that kind of emergency.

    I wish I had seen these kinds of videos of Forrest before I learned about his Chase a couple of years ago. Reading Forrest Fenn’s stories and trying to imagine what kind of person he is, was a completely different experience for me than watching him tell them those stories himself.

    Forrest is a unique one of a kind original and a great American that words alone fall short of describing no matter who the author is. There just isn’t a substitute for experiencing him recounting his experiences.

    I hope he will continue to make a lot more of these kinds of videos, even after someone finds his chest.

  10. Thanks Dal.
    I love listening to Forrest’s stories, especially the ones about the planes.

  11. Thanks for posting these, Dal! Again and again, I forget and then things like this help me remember how very important flying has been across Forrest’s life. It is almost unbelievable he survived so many dangerous situations–except, of course, he’s sitting right there talking to you! LOL. Happy new year!

  12. The Major should be nominated for Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In The World”. Love to listen to his stories! Thanks Dal!

  13. Thanks Dal and Forrest! All good stuff, I like “Aide de Camp” the most, the resemblance of the young Lt to his grandson is so cool!

  14. My fav understatement of Forrests:
    “Losing an engine if you have 2 or 3 or 4 it’s not that bad, but if you only have one, then that’s an undesirable situation to be in.”
    From the Malibu Engine video above.

  15. Eric’s bell has such a beautiful sound! This was a treat 🙂 Thank you Dal for creating posting these videos and Forrest for sharing your memories. happy new year & Ring the bell loudly

  16. That general is the kind of leader I like, and want.

    I’m tempted to dust of my very dusty aerospace engineering skills and figure out the comb forces.

    Speaking of which, I’m no mechanic but an airplane engine is no minor thing, nor is the installation of such a minor thing. One hour is downright heroic.

    • It was the factory team and they had probably done this same job before.

      It’s no wonder Forrest converted that plane to a jet-engined turbo-prop.

      • Did he? I’d like to see a picture of that, as the plumbing would be at least somewhat different, and so would routing everything like exhaust and air intake. I suppose if you pulled the engine off right at the firewall, perhaps a whole cowling would fit on there with at least most of the required stuff, and then it’s a matter of fuel lines, control electronics, and forth. Plus, I’d imagine there would need to be some new stuff on the instrument panel as how those operate and what you’d need to monitor is different from a piston engine. I’m a sucker for rotary engines (just based on how they look), I think that’d be cool on there too.

        • …Adding, do most municipal airports have jp-whatever that you’d probably use to fuel a turboprop? That’s kind of an interesting question w.r.t. the chase, actually…

          • …Also, from dusty AE brain, IIRC a turboprop needs more runway to take off than a piston-powered prop. I believe it has something to do with building up torque, but again this is a very cobwebbed part of my brain I’m trying to access.

          • Needs rocket assist for takeoff, then you can just use a chute for landing. G.o.d. and physics. Jo whatever burns with lox, just that the waxes build up ultimately blowing up engine. Might work if pushed with a nitrogen piston.

    • srch12345 and LurkerMike – I learned about the building of the engine of the Spirit of St. Louis from King Lambert in a talk he did here in Sun Valley at the Community Library (See also: Lambert Field in St. Louis). Check out the ‘Design’ tab in this link:

      Physics and airplanes are such an interesting combination! And so is age/wisdom. King Lambert was 90, when he presented.

  17. Forrest is a walking, talking scrapbook isnt he ?
    sometimes he sits though, when his feet are hot.

    i think.

  18. Dal and Forrest – Nice work on these latest interviews! I especially loved Forrest’s design on the lid of the.bronze jar in “Jars” with the beautiful buffalo. Thinking of adding a porcupine, that the buffalo is backing away from, was priceless Forrest Fenn. Didn’t you say your favorite animal is the buffalo, Forrest?

    My fly fishing librarian friend just named her squat, overstuffed buffalo,”Cody”, who tends to narrate in the voice of Forrest Fenn, whenever we are watching a TV series or chatting. On Sunday, Cody requested we acquire and watch the rest of the TV Series, “Yellowstone”. Hmmmm….was that a clue?

    Sometimes I feel like that porcupine, here on HOD….


    • @Lisa Cesari,
      The only way you resemble a porcupine is as you pen 30,000 quills of information. Your quills are never used as darts aimed at others. Thanks for your positivity and interesting bits of information that you share willingly with everyone.
      Happy new year!!!!!!!!!! < “quills”

  19. I can’t imagine why I was not directed to watch these clips before, but really enjoyed them. Forrest, I couldn’t help but notice Willie continuous licking? My baby did that till I put her on a grain free diet for about a year. She no longer needs it, but the itching went away.

  20. I love those stories Thanks for taking the time Forrest and Dal, your effort is Worth the Cold.

  21. Great interviews Dal! I enjoyed each and every one of them. Thanks for sharing.
    I hope you and Kathy have a very Happy New Year! 2020 WOW!

    Tom and Coreda

  22. I thoroughly enjoyed the videos Forrest! Thank you Dal for filming and posting these. Thank you Forrest for being so kind to continue to engage us all. You’ve certainly lived through some thrilling experiences! It’s been an epic experience, TTOTC, and I am forever grateful to you for imagining and building for all of us the opportunity to experience a bit of the thrills you know so well. One day someone might come to know the place you envisioned as your final place of rest and find your secret trove. Until that day, I know I and many others will continue the quest!

  23. Instrument Landing

    The word “Faith” comes to mind. I have spent a Lifetime Out at Sea (Weeks at a Time). Experience comes in handy when the Fog sets in and you cannot see ten feet in front of you. It’s all electronics and radar.

    I cannot imagine flying a plane with no horizon, no visibility. I hear Spatial disorientation can happen in minutes if not trained to read instruments. What faith you must have to land a plane is zero visibility, even with state of the art electronics. Great stories, I love them. Good Lord is Right! Thanks Dal.

  24. I laughed out loud at the story about sticking your comb into the slipstream to turn the airplane to keep from getting bored. And yeah, the story about Gen. Robinson is a good one. That’s real leadership.

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