The BT-13 crashed southeast of the town of Idyllwild, California sometime in the 1950s.
The hike started in Fobes Canyon. The sign at the trailhead was laying on the ground. Stood it up to get a photo of it.
On Fobes Saddle. It was about a mile and a half hike to this point.
Still on the trail.
This is my first view of the wreakage. From here I can see a section of wing and the framework of the fuselage.
It's the right inboard section of wing.
Closer view showing the mounts for wood spars.
View of the root section.
This shot of the wing shows one of the fuselage mounts.
Just below the wing was what remained of the framework of the fuselage.
What remains of the frame. From the firewall to just behind the rear seat.
View of the roll bar. The wing section can be seen up the slope.
Left side view. The rear section of the frame was cut off.
View of the back side of the firewall. The frame was in great shape, hardly any crash damage.
Close up of the frame joints at the firewall. This is the second crash site that I visited with a tube frame. Spent a long time checking out the way it was constructed.
Another view of the roll bar.
Some of the cut tubing towards the tail end.
Me with the frame.
Looking down from the frame, I could see more wreckage below.
To the left, I could see the other inboard wing section, control suface and part of the engine cowling.
To the right was a pile of mixed stuff. Looks like someone gathered up the wreckage.
Section of the engine cowling.
The left wing section was upside down with its landing gear sticking up.
Closer look at the landing gear.
The root section.
The mount for the main spar of the tip section still had a little wood remaining.
Close by was a piece of the rear spar.
Same wing section from another view.
Heading over to see what is in the pile of wreakage.
Looking up at the gathered wreakage.
Here there was a aileron that looks like it was cut in half, the front section of the fuselage, wingtip, prop hub and a lot small pieces.
Front section of the fuselage with some of the exhaust pipes and the forward part of the engine mount.
Closer view of the exhaust and engine mount.
Inner section of the right aileron.
Part number with the 63 prefix confrims that this is the wreakage of a BT-13 or BT-15. The BT-15 was fitted with a different engine.
The outer section of the right aileron.
Inner section of the Left aileron.
Nearby was another piece of the engine cowling.
Think that this is a piece of the fuselage.
Me again. This shot shows most of the wreckage at the site other than the wing sections.
Looking down the canyon as I start the hike out.
Passing the right wing section as I start up the slope to get on the trail for the hike back to the truck.