Headed out to Searles Lake just east of Trona to look for a crash site that I was told about. At the time I thought it was a QF-86 but found out later that it was a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. Don't have any information on the crash date or serial number of this airplane.
Driving on Hwy 178 heading into Trona.
View of the mineral plant in Trona and the Argus Range as I drive around the edge of the lake bed. I only was given a vague location of the crash site which covers about a six square mile area.
While hiking out on the lake bed, I would see objects off in the distance.
Most of the objects turned out to be old rusty cans of all types.
When I first came upon this stuff thought that I found some aircraft wreckage.
Taking a closer look, I could see that it was the remains of an old clock. All that remained was the brass parts, the rest have been eaten away be the salt on the lake bed.
After a couple of hours of checking out cans and other rusty stuff, I spotted something about a hundred yards away.
When I got closer, could tell it was a crash site. One of the first things I noticed was a lot of pieces from the canopy.
These are the larger pieces at the site.
There were a lot of small pieces of aluminum, but they were badly corroded.
Stud and nut
The stainless steel part and safety wire show no signs of corrosion
Piece from the canopy. This is about five inches long.
No idea what this part is from, but there were a few of them at the site.
Found a couple of these, about four inches across and 1/4 inch thick.
Remains of a large control cable pulley.
The ring is about two feet in diameter.
More canopy pieces, the largest in this group is about three inches long. There must have been over a hundred pieces scattered in the area.
This looks like some kind of linkage.
Closer view of the same piece.
This was the largest piece from the canopy at the site.
Small motor armature.
The remains of an electrical connector. These are the pins and sockets still connected without the housing.
The two largest pieces at the site.
Couldn't figure out what this was.
It had red paint on it.
This part was the most interesting piece at the site. Not sure what it is.
Another view of the same piece.
It had a small linkage on it.
Found this hook.
Found another one that was complete. No idea what the hooks are, but seen them before at other sites.
Armature and coils from a motor. The copper has been turned green from corrosion. The tracks are from ravens that are in the area.
One of the five ravens that were watching me for half an hour before they flew away.
Piece from one of the tires, the wire bead can be seen.
Think that this piece is from a fuel tank.
Heat sink from some type of electronic equipment.
When I first saw this, thought it was a section of armor plate. It's about three feet long, but was only about 3/16 of an inch thick. Armor plate that I found at other crash sites was thicker.
Think this is a piece from a fuselage bulkhead.
Closer look at the same piece shows an AN fitting that is slpit in two.
Electrical components half buried in the salty ground.
Closer look at some of the components and wire.
Another stainless part.
Looks like a cover, it's about eight inches across.