On 2/12/75, the LTV A-7E Corsair #156881 crashed in the Inyo Mountains. The pilot was killed in this accident.
My hike to the A-7 crash site started from here.
Looking back as I hike up.
Didn't take long to find the first piece of wreckage.
A little further up I came upon a small group of pieces.
Looks like part of a linkage.
The piece had a part number prefix of 215, indicates a Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) A-7.
Another group of pieces.
This piece had a prefix of 218, also indicating a LTV A-7.
Blade from the engine.
Usually find AN fittings at crash sites.
Finding a lot of wreakage scattered over a large aera.
Piece from the canpoy.
This piece had a black and orange paint. Maybe the tail markings?? Just guessing.
Control cable pulley.
Another group of pieces, looks like past visitors gathered up the pieces.
Piece with a AN fitting.
Another engine blade. This one is about a foot long.
This looks like it might be the area that the A-7 impacted. Lot of small pieces here.
There was a lot of pieces from the canopy in the area.
This is the largest piece from the canopy that I found at the site.
Small circuit board and switch.
Connector and wires.
Piece of another circuit board.
More pieces. The pieces at the site were small, but there was a lot of them.
Looking up the slope, I could see a large pile of wreckage.
Closer look at the pile of wreckage.
The pieces in this pile looked like they came from all sections of the aircraft.
This piece has a 216 prefix, again indicating a LTV A-7.
Lens from one of the navigation lights.
Looks like a piece from the engine.
Links from the Vulcan 20mm cannon's convetor assembly.
Piece of the Vulcan's feed chute.
Looking back on the wreckage pile as I follow the pieces up the slope.
Large wiring harness.
A smashed piece of electrical equipment.
It had a Vought tag on it.
Smoke and illumation signal.
Another piece of electrical equipment.
Some type of valve.
Last look at the site with the Owens Valley in the background.