Started off looking for a A-4 Skyhawk in the Cady Mountains foothills north of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base and ended up finding a crash site of a F-4D Phantom. I got the GPS coordinates from a book. When I reached the spot there was no sign of a crash site. Just by luck I was able to find a F-4D site about a mile away.
On 7/13/68, the F-4D #64-940 call sign Envy 88 crashed while on a delivery flight from Luke AFB, Arizona to George AFB, California. The aircraft was being transferred from Nellis AFB, Nevada to George AFB and had landed at Luke the preceding day. Upon engine start up for the planed solo flight from Luke AFB to George AFB, Major Samuel Bakke experience electrical difficulties. He was unable to bring both generators into proper operation. Because of the problems with the aircraft Major Samuel Bakke decided to fly to George AFB in formation with Captain Jack Thurman in his aircraft call sign Envy 86. During the flight Envy 88 had a flameout on both engines. At least two attempts were made to airstart the right engine and one on the left engine. Before any further airstarts attempts could be accomplished, Major Bakke determined that he was at 10,000 feet AGL, the recommended bailout minimum altitude in the pilot’s handbook. Therefore he initiated the bailout sequence by pulling the lower ejection handle of his Martin Baker rocket seat. The pilot landed extremely hard and was picked up by a Marine helicopter on a local flight near the area and taken to the George AFB hospital. The F-4D impacted the desert left wing down with little forward velocity.