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Craig59

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Registered: 03/04/09
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 #1 

I'm opening a separate thread for this one, that way Craig (or is it the other Craig? Dang, now I'm confused!) can open a thread for the A-20.

Okay, here's the first batch of photos - I'll add more as time allows.

BTW, I'm now of the strong opinion that the HRS was at least partially salvaged before demolition. We found little or no evidence of the engine or main gearbox. All three main rotor blades had been removed from their attach points. Why remove them unless you intend to salvage the main gearbox? When Trey Brandt discovered BuNo130248 in AZ. - which had been consumed by post-crash fire - both the engine and main gearbox were still there. Also, we found no evidence of instruments, their glass, or radio equipment. Thoughts?

Again, sincere thanks to everyone who participated and especially to Craig Fuller. I had a great time on this, my first hunt!












Here are a couple more...




One more for today...


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DaveTrojan

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Great photos. I like how you are able to match them up with original photos/drawings. Question> What color was the helo painted on the exterior?
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Craig, looks like it turned out to be a good site. Wish that I would have been able to come along. Looking forward to seeing more of the photos.

 

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Craig59

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Dave,

Gloss-sea-blue. See latest addition above for a nice color view.

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Jeff_Wilkinson

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Nice shots, Craig. Great job matching parts! Look forward to seeing more photos from the trip.
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Had a great time meeting everyone and on the search! Kudos to "The Craigs" for great intel. Thanks for sharing the part location photos!
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Nice pics, and like some others said I love the research with the matching photos. Kind of puts things in place. Good Job Guys! Wish we could of made it. 
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TreyB

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Excellent find. The consensus of a few people before the trip was that there would be little, if any, of the HRS left due to its relatively intact shape after the crash.  This just goes to show that each crash is truly unique.

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Craig, great job on not only IDing the parts, but finding photos showing them on the helo!

Great trip everyone! Great weather, the next day was windy and cold, and good sites with just the right amount of searching, hiking, and 4 wheeling and plenty to look at. I enjoyed meeting up with everyone, friends old and new! I will try to get my photos up later this week.

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NavyGuy

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Troy and I had a great time out there.  Once we got close, didn't take long to find.  I too was excited to see the parts we did find.  Thanks again for the invite.

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In case anyone is interested, here is the link to my photos of the trip.  Please let me know if the link does not work.    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianhildrethcrashsites/sets/   

Craig59

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Here's a few more images of what we found and where it goes on the airframe. Thanks to Brian (NavyGuy) and my buddy Sid Nanson.

Good news! I'm in email contact with the son of the pilot of BuNo129049 and he's going to put me in contact with his dad. Perhaps he'll have some knowledge of whether the airframe was partially salvaged or not. I'll keep everyone posted.







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AAIR

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Looking at older USAF/CAP Wreckage locator lists, they have an HRS-2 in the area... with the notation "Marked." That tells me that the HRS sat there for a while (year, several years???) before it was blown up.

Oh, and the USAF/CAP location was over 3 miles off.

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NavyGuy

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Craig59, not a big deal, but my name was Brian (NavyGuy).  I was the passenger in the front seat of the F-150 that you jumped in with.  No problem that you used the photos.  Happy to see that you were able to ID some more parts from them.

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Brian,

I am SO sorry! Old guys confuse easily - I'll make the corrections and thanks!

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