On 6/26/72 two McDonnell Douglas F-4Js #158379 and #158364 USN collided over the Coso Range while on training flight. Both crews ejected safely. #158364 crashed and burned about one mile southeast of the tail and wing of #158379.
Entering the Coso Range. The reports I read said that the F-4J Phantoms went down somewhere in this area.
Atfer searching for over 6 hours, I'm heading for a neighboring canyon for the night. Spent this day hiking up one canyon with no luck.
This is where I plan to spend the night. The ridge line up the canyon looks like the one in a photo I found of the crash site. Can it be???
After hiking up the canyon for just 10 mintues I found it. What luck, hard to believe.
It's the tail section from one of the F-4J fighters. It's getting dark, I'll be back tomorrow.
This is where I spent the night, just off the road.
Hiking up the canyon. Had a hard time sleeping thinking about getting a better look at the tail section and what ever else that might be there.
Bones in the canyon, looks like they're from a horse. Heard that the area has wild horses.
Noticed something on the slope yesterday while at the tail. I'll check it out first.
Looks like a piece of a wing.
Turned out to be most of the left wing, cool.
Looking under the wing at a main landing grear and the outer wing pylon.
Close up of the pylon which is used to mount weapons or external fuel tanks.
Warning sign for the pylons on the bottom side of the wing.
Part of another wing plyon was near by.
Under the wing again looking at the hinge for the folding wing tip. The wingtips folded up so the aircraft would use less space while parked on aircraft carriers.
Think this section of wing was part of the internal fuel tank.
One of the main gears..
Plumbing inside the wheel well
Better view of the main gear and door.
Main gear hinge and actuator.
Yellow anchor on the main gear. This is a Navy plane.
Another warning label.
This shot shows where the tail is located across the canyon.
US insignia. Nice to see color. Now a days everything is in grays.
Wingtip with the outboard leading edge maneuvering slat broken & bent down.
Wingtip folding hinge running through the star. I can see some stuff inside hole in wing.
Looking into the hole in the wing.
On my way down to the canyon to check out the tail.
Almost to the tail.
Looks better in the sunlight.
Me with the tail.
The tail was broken off at the start of the fin.
Looks like someone made this hole and a few others in the fuselage.
Looking into the hole.
Easy to tell which model and serial number it was. The F-4J was the final version of the Phantom to be placed in production for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. #158379 was the last F-4J manufactured and here it is in pieces.
This is the view of the photo I found of this site and how I recognized the ridge.
This view shows a lot of interesting stuff.
Broken, aluminum skined honeycomb outer section of the tailplane.
Closer look at the honeycomb structure.
Inboard section of the tailplane showing the tailplane hinge/pivot point.
Closer view of the tailplane hinge/pivot point. The rats made a nest inside.
Braking parachute housing. Shot also shows the antihedral (dooped) tailplane.