On 5/10/82, the A-4M Skyhawk #160038 crashed on a lava flow near the Twentynine Palms Marine Base after suffering from an engine failure during recovery from strafe run, pilot ejected after unsuccessful attempts to regain power.
This photo taken in October 1980 is of the A-4M Skyhawk #160038. The A-4 flew with the Marine Attack Squadon VMA-311 Tomcats.
Driving on the old Route 66 marked on maps as National Trails Hwy just south of the I-40.
I started hiking from here.
The hike to the crash site wasn't very far, but hiking on the lava flow was difficult at times.
I was following one of the GPS tracks I made two days ago. This is my thrid time doing this hike in three days. First time I broke my camera after taking only a few photos. I remembered that I had a little point and shoot camera back in the truck. Went back and got it and returned to the site. At home, looked at the photos and they looked bad. The little camera did a poor job. So I'm heading back one more time with a nicer camera.
Better view of the impact crater. It's about twenty feet across and ten feet deep. The camera got broken by being thrown into the crater when it's strap got sagged on a landing gear that I was flipping over to get a better shot of it. The camera and landing gear fell into the crater.
When I looked under the fairing, I saw that someone wrote the aircrafts serial nubmer on it. This number is now I figured out the plane's number. The only A-4M S/N ending with 038 was 160038. Doing a search on the number lead me to the photos.