The Ryan Firebee that I was looking for was in a wash. With the info I got from Tom Gossett, I was pretty sure I could find it.
This shot was taken from a turn out at the top of a pass on the Trona Wildrose Road. The Firebee crash site is out on the valley floor.
From the Trona Wildrose Road I drove in on a 4X4 road to the place I started hiking from.
At the start of the hike, I dropped down into the wash and followed it down. Panamint Mountains with snow capped Telescope Peak in the disance.
My first view of the crash site.
I headed to the smaller pile of wreckage first.
The remains of the right wing and a piece of the fuselage.
The outer section of the right wing.
The right wing was the only piece at the site that showed any signs of fire damage.
There was also some small pieces scattered around.
About thirty feet away was the main wreckage of the Firebee.
In the partly buried wreckage was the rear end of the fuslage, the left wing, the vertical and one of the horizontal stabilizers.
Shot of the horizontal stab with the elevator missing.
Close up of the fiberglass tip on the stab.
The vertical stab.
Stood up the vertical stab to get a photo of it.
Top of the vertical stab.
Me with the fin and stab. Was surprised to see how small the rudder was. They must turn the Firebees using mosty aileron and elevator like a model airplane.
This Firebee came to rest upside down. This is the area that the Continental J69-T-29A turbojet would have been mounted.
Looking down on the wing center section. The rusty linkage looks like it's for the ailerons.
Close up of the linkage and control horn connected to a torque tube.
The aileron mid span on the wing.
Front view of the wing. The wing made it through the crash with very little damage.
Guessing that this is a mount for either air drop or maybe the luanch rocket?
Tail end of the fuseage. A little of the dayglow paint can be seen on the mount.
The fuseage had the RPV's identification on it. Reads "BQM-34A, TARGET, BQ-13460". Doing a little research, found that only 66-13460 had the 13460 serial number.
Remains of the receving antenna.
The spot for the transmitting antenna was blocked off.
A bulkhead and skin from the fuseage.
Cable with a fork end was on the bulkhead.
This is the only piece I found with any numbers on it. I looked, there was no other part numbers or inspection stamps visible on the wreckage.
After checking out the wreckage, I followed the wash down and found a few more pieces.
The seocnd piece.
Found this piece about a hundred feet down the wash from the wreckage.
Looking back at the crash site as I start the hike back to the truck.
Found some photos of Firebees in action. BQM-34A Firebee target drones can be launched from land or ship by use of a rocket.
The Firebee can also be air launched, here seen mounted on a Lockheed DC-130A Hercules.
A Firebee drone returns to the ground by parachute after having served as a target for aircraft participating in the air-to-air combat training exercise.
A CH-3 Sea King helicopter recovering a Firebee drone. This one lives to fly other day.