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Mtflyer

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Last month I joined Craig, Steve and Ken for a hike to the crash site of the  A-7D #72-0249. This was the third site we visited in three days and I was really looking forward to this one. It would be my 4th attempt at visiting this site. Twice we were stopped by it snowing the night before and another time just ran out of time to do it. Steve found the site a few years back using information that he got from Craig and he lead us to it on this trip. Turned out to be a very interesting site with a lot of wreckage remaining including the ejection seat, gun and vertical stabilizer. Photos of the site are HERE


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Great photos Joe.
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Great pictures (as always) Joe.  Several pictures seem to show dark blue paint covered by camouflage.  Any information on this?  Dennis
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Joe, what an awesome write-up. The ejection seat still being there is astounding. The tail number being stenciled inside that large piece brings back memories. In the A.F. anytime we had a panel that we routinely took off they would make us stencil it with our tail number. It was supposed to prevent us (if lost) from stealing it from the plane next door and also so they knew who to blame if someone found it! Again great write-up. Cheers Ray
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Thanks guys, this was a great site which made easy to get a lot of good photos.

   Dennis, it looks like the plane was repainted since that photo of it was  taken. Things like the canopy frame being gray, but green in the photo, also the pattern on the fin/rudder is different. It looks like that blue colored paint is on top of the camo, attached a better photo that shows the peeling paint on the wing tip.

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   Ray, the seat was a great find, glad those guys found it. Wonder why it wasn't recovered for the accident investigation. The pilot was killed due to the fact that he ejected to late. Would think that the seat would have been checked out to see if it failed in some way.
   I found serial numbers stenciled and hand written on access covers and fairings in the past. Used them to identify a few sites.



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Hello,

This is an old post, but I just came across the photos on Mtflyer's site.  This plane was piloted by my Uncle.  I'm interested in visiting the site (tried to find it once about 10 years ago).  If Mtflyer, or anyone else has directions/maps to the site please email me.

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jemorales, sent you an email.
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