The A-7E #158010 flying with the VA-195 went down on 6/3/82. Unfortunately the pilot was killed in this accident.
Tom Gossett gave me the location of this crash site.
After hiking up a short way up a canyon I came upon this frozen watering trough.
Just past the trough was this ice flow. The spring was frozen for about a hundred feet.
After climbing over the ridge and finding some wreckage, figured out that I started up the wrong canyon. Glad I did, or I would have missed seeing the great looking ice flow.
Better view of the first piece I found. Had a hard time seeing this from a distance due to the small patches of snow that were in the area.
After coming upon the first pieces of wreckage, I started following the trail of parts. Was finding a lot of stuff, but couldn't find the main site.
This piece has a pulley for a control cable and hose fittings.
A piece of wing with part of a flap attached.
This piece had some interesting stuff on it.
Close up of the same piece.
It also had this actuator with a manufacturing date of the third quarter of 1970.
Still looking for the impact area.
Lot of stuff in this area.
This turned out to be a piece of the fuselage with part of the aerial refueling probe.
Top view of the refueling probe showing the plumbing's swivel joint that has separated.
One of the many parts that I found with the prefix number of 215 confirming that this was a A-7.
This stuff looks like it's part of the engine. Never did find the engine, it must have been removed.
Closer view of the same parts.
Think that this is part of the cockpit. It was frozen into the ground so I couldn't lift it to get a better look.
Had this tag on it.
Found this panel. I could make out the numbers 1 and 2 on it. It's upside down in the photo.
Close by was a piece of the fuselage with part the the US insignia.
This piece with the two red triangles came from just below the canopy. The pile of wreckage in this area looks like it's from the front section of the aircraft.
This piece has a piece of the canopy still attached.
Another piece from the canopy. After looking at the parts, I believe that they are from the forward part of the canopy.
Looking down the gully, I can see one of the landing gears.
It's the nose gear.
Another view of the gear showing the drag link that is used to lanuch A-7s off aircraft carriers.
Tag on the gear.
Tag on the drag link.
Part of a wiring harness was next to the gear.
There was a lot of electrical equipment scattered around. This was the biggest piece I came across, it's about two feet long.
Started following the wreakage over to the neighboring gully. Another piece from the nose section.
Finally found the impact area. In the center is a large piece from one of the wings and the remains of the fin.
Closer look at the wing. The top skin has been torn off.
A look inside part of the wing showing some of the plumbing.
Actuator in wing.
The hinge for the folding wing tip.
A section of the wing with a piece of a control suface attched and three cylinders.
Better view of the cylinders.
Part from a weapon pylon.
Me with the fin, it's hard to tell what it is from this angle.
Another view of the fin.
It still had a piece of the fuselage attached.
Better view of the fin. It has a big gash in it from the impact. An actuator can be seem at the bottom.
Closer look at the actuator.