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F-89D Scorpion Crash and Expedition
in the Barry Goldwater Range Arizona
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The 1950s were an interesting time for jet training and the introduction of rocket armed jet interceptors required changes to armament training methods. There were some blunders along the way and a routine training flight for a Northrop F-89D Scorpion jet interceptor ended in drama in the desert. More than 60 years later, another blunder unfolded in the same desert. This story details a live fire rocketry mission that ended in a crash and the expedition to the crash site that also encountered problems. 

Don't Worry, Be Happy- This story has a happy ending for all involved  

As always, I welcome your feedback and comments
I'm also looking for more info/pictures about the F-89 crew
Pilot 1st Lt. Bernard F. Mattingly of Tall Timber, MD and back seat radar operator 1st Lt. Rodney J. Walz of West Springfield, MA 

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A little desert humor
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Very good story Dave!
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Great story - glad you made it out.

I am curious - do you need to have special permission to hunt for wrecks on the Yuma range or do you work out there?

I am hoping to do the Camino Diablo trail in the fall, which crosses the range, and requires special permits.  Can I wander of the trail to hunt wrecks too?

Thanks,
Mark

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The Barry Goldwater Range requires permits. They are available from Yuma MCAS and Luke AFB.
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Dave, hope you are well! Don't you have to watch a video or something to get the pass? I looked into it once but it was quite awhile ago! Oh by the way are you going to write a story about the B-50 site we visited? Ray
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Google "VISITING THE BARRY M. GOLDWATER RANGE" for the ways to get permits.
The video is only required for the East Range, but I recommend it. 

I have several other stories to complete before I do a story on the B-50 
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Dave, Great Story! I really enjoy checking out all of the sites on the Barry Goldwater West Range.

Dave McCurry[smile]
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Avon Park has a video that visitors / users have to watch as well.  Dennis
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You just send in a self-addressed stamped envelope and fill out this form:

http://www.peakbagging.com/CabezaPrieta/BMGR.html

http://www.peakbagging.com/CabezaPrieta/Hold%20Harmless%20Agreement%20FY%202015.pdf

They get it back to you quick (a 1 year permit).  Mind it expires mid-summer so you have to time it.

This story Dave relates ... I was the chump taking the pictures of the Stuck Truck instead of manning the entrenching tool which Dave did.

See attached photo, this is what stuck looks like in sand.  Like serious high-centered stuck.

Be prepared out there.  We winched to the dead tree next to the saquaro (not the cactus itself!).

If that tree had not been dead ahead of us we would've had to do much, much more digging and been there long after dark.

Careful out there!

Chris Baird
http://www.arizonawrecks.com

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AZG

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Thanks for the info regarding the permits.  This is very helpful.
Mark
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DaveTrojan, I would like to speak with you regarding your various posts on plane wreck searches.  Please contact me at your convenience, bnikitas99@yahoo.com.  Thank you.
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It is good to know that I was not the only one to get stuck out there on that trip!!
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