On 5/16/61, a USN McDonnell F3H-2N Demon BuNo 136973 crashed while on approach to the Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, California. Killed in the accident was the 23 year old pilot Lt. Thomas A. Ryan from the Fighter Squadron VF-121 based at Miramar. The Demon went down east of the base in mountainous terrain.
While searching for info online for a crash site that I just visited, I came upon a web site that told about two guys finding an engine while hiking off trail. It only gave a vague location, but after studying the topo maps and doing a lot of thinking, I thought that I had a good idea where it was.