Returned to the Coso Range to search for the second F-4 that was involved in the mid-air.
Today's search starts at the tail section I found 2 weeks ago.
After searching the area to the south of the tail with no success, headed east into another canyon. It took awhile to find this piece.
Further up the canyon started finding more pieces. Must be on the right track.
The topo map showed I was still about 1000' outside the China Lake Naval Weapons Center.
Found this section of wing in another branch of the canyon, still outside the NWC.
Can't see it in this photo, but I can see some wreckage in the wash just before the trees.
Part of one of the variable exhaust nozzles.
The nozzle piece flipped over.
Large piece. Looks like a section of wing.
Same section of wing.
Climbed up the side of canyon to try and get a photo of the main wreckage.
It's a little overgrown, but looks like most of the badly burned F-4 is here.
Bottom side of the right wing. No way to ID this plane, but it is a F-4 Phantom.
The hinge for the folding wing tip.
Another view of the right wing. The plane crashed upside down.
Right main gear.
The control surfaces were melted away.
What's left of one of the two J79-GE-10 engines which powered the F-4.
Same engine looking from the rear.
Turbine blades in the front section.
Bent and broken blades in the rear section.
Some how these blades in the rear section made it with no damage.
This plumbing may be for the afterburner, but not sure.
Same engine from the front.
This shot shows both engines from the front. The one on the left is in worst shape.
Rear section of the other engine.
Blades were melted.
Part of a linkage on the rear.
This is the left wing. Hard to tell how much of it is here. Being in the wash it was partially buried.
A ten foot section of leading edge.
One of the intakes.
The other side of the intake.
Piece from one of the weapon pylons.
Another piece of exhaust nozzle.
One last piece from the nozzles.
Gyro? Just guessing on this one.
Piece of one of the control surfaces.
Not sure which part of the aircraft this piece from.
It had this electronic gear inside.
Looking back at the crash site from the slope to the north. Was finding small parts here.
This is a cool looking piece.
More electronic stuff.
One of the few parts I found with a part number on it.
Found this while hiking out.
Had this tag on it.
Another electronic piece.