I was told about this site from a friend who found it while searching for old mines in the area. Have no info on when it crashed or it's serial number. Only know that it's a F9F-6K Drone that must have come from the China Lake Naval Weapons Center that's in the area.
After hiking for awile, I came upon a lot of old cans.
Close by was a pile of aircraft pieces that someone gathered up.
Looking around started finding a lot of pieces in the area mixed in with the rusty cans.
This looks like it may be a piece of the canopy frame.
Piece from the instrument panel.
Finding more stuff as I head for the canyon.
I got up on a ridge beside the canyon. Found some pieces from the plane up here.
The pieces were small but there was a lot of them.
This was a largest piece that was on the ridge.
Was finding a lot of pieces from the canopy.
From the ridge I could see some wreckage in the canyon.
The red paint that was used on drones was still visible.
Looks like a piece of the fuselage and wing fairing.
Side view of the wing fairing.
There was a lot of lettering, but it was to faded to read any of it.
Some type of vent on the fuselage
This is the same vent on the inside.
Same piece turned over to show it's structure.
Control pulleys and cable.
Fitting with a butterfly valve.
Piece of the canopy frame with a little bit of the canopy still attached.
This fiberglass piece must be from the nose.
Found this piece with the number 38L writen on it. Maybe the last 2 numbers of the serial number? If so, this plane may be either #130838. 130938 or 131038. Think that it's #130838, found a photo of #130837 that was used as a drone.
This is the same piece in the photo before turned over. Can see where 2 tags were removed, maybe they would have had the aircraft's serial number on them.
Stamp on one of the parts.
Connectors and wires.
Smashed electronic gear.
Had this tag on it, reads "Amplifier, Servo No. 2". Maybe part of the remote control system.
Looking back at the site as I hike on looking for the wing that I was told was further up in another canyon.