The Lockheed PV-1 Ventura Bomber #49467 crashed in the Sierra Pelona Mountains on 2/24/44 during a snowstorm while on a test flight before delivery from the Lockheed plant in Burbank to Palmdale. All four of the crew on board were killed in this accident.
A Cessna 210 N9460T crashed in the same canyon 27 years later on 5/30/71.
This is the same area I found the Howard DGA last week.
Cows were back on the road. Had to drive around them as most of them wouldn't move out of the way.
This is where I parked hoping that it was the area the two crash sites were located. The info on this one was a little vague.
Saw this from where I parked. It's the frame from a burned out trailer home and ???.
Had to check this thing out. It has a steel frame and cement cover. Strange, ???
Climbing up the little hill from where I parked, I found this plaque on top.
This is what I was looking for. Found the right place. The plaque was from the pilot's wife, it reads. "2/24/44 PV1 Ventura Bomber, test pilot George Gould Dory, The wings of God took up this flight, So long My Guy, Martha 5/27/44".
Zoomed in on the Palmdale Airport from the hill. The PV-1 was heading for it. Another 50' higher and they would have made it. The area was covered in fog at the time.
This is the crash site of the PV-1. Reports said that the plane was buried.
This is most of what I found at the crash site.
It's one of the landing gears and other parts.
The axle and some brake parts on the landing gear.
There must be a lot more buried, I couldn't move any of this stuff. After 62 years the dirt was like cement.
This piece still had the blue/gray paint on it.
About 15 feet away, this piece was sticking up. It was in the ground solid.
These loose pieces were near by.
This part was about 100' from the buried parts.
Found this arrow while looking around.
The three blades were as sharp as a razor blade.
This is the last piece I found of the PV-1, part of one of the control surfaces.
This looks interesting.
It was the remains of an old Willis 4X4 truck. Found a few other old vehicles in the aera.
Looking down the canyon I was hunting around in. Went back to the truck to eat something before looking for the Cessna 210 which I heard was in the aera.
This is the crash site of the Cessna 210, it crashed on 5/30/71 in bad weather. It took me an hour to find it. The main wreckage was removed, but there still was a lot of stuff here.
Looks like part of one of the seats stuck in melted aluminum.
Control for a cable.
Had to dig these out of the dirt, looks like a radio and speaker.
Finding more stuff.
Think this is some kind of pump along with some other stuff.
Part of one of the control surfaces. Think it's part of one of the elevators.
The other side of the same part.
Housing to the starter motor.
Piece of aluminum skin.
Firewall with part of the engine mount still attached. This was the largest piece.
Piece of the engine on the motor mount.
One of the landing gear legs.
Part of the horizonal stabilizer.
It still had a hinge on it.
Better view of the hinge.
The view from the crash site. The muffler is in the lower left.
Looking down from the top of the canyon that holds both crash sites.