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phixer

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I'm going to say fuel pump with part of the accessory gear box mounting pad.  Just a guess on my part, I mostly worked on airframe components.
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Dennis, received this from Dan Deloria via e-mail ---seems Dan lost his log-in and hasn't re-registered....hint hint Dan ;-) 

I’ve been trying to find a good drawing of the J79 afterburner fuel pump.  This is the best that I can find so far.  It does look like the swamp part they found at Avon Park…

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Nailed it!!!!  Please thank Dan for me.  Dennis
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So Kathy and I were discussing stuff at Avon Park and she mentions an F100.  I say that I have coordinates for an F-100 over there (in the back of my much treasured copy of Wreckchasing[smile]).
I dig my Wreckchasing book out today and am looking at the F-100 coordinates and I look back at the Wreckchasing list and there are 3 F-4s on the list (for Florida), and when I G.E. to the coordinates for the one that happened on 6-28-73, it's in the ballpark for right where we were.  Unfortunately, the list does not give a serial number, but it does mention "camouflage", which makes me think there is definitely something more to be found.  Dennis 
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Dennis,

The Scramble book as the F-4E #67-0330  on June 27, 1973 with the 4501st TFRS/1st TFW, Avon Park Range, FL during night bombing mission, 2 crew killed.

Was able to confirm that with a second source.


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Thanks Joe.  Forgot to post it here, but Chris had actually put it on a list of possibles on the first page of this thread.  Interestingly, his report mentioned that the crew survived, but sadly, also confirmed by a site I found, it appears they didn't.  Dennis
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A CAP locator coordinate that is accurate???

Here's a couple articles.

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Well you have to remember that the CAP thing is good for like one square mile.  I'm following the coordinates across G.E. and I see the marker I had placed for when we were out there (didn't have my GPS, which often doesn't work over there depending on if they have something going and jam the airwaves).  I lined up the roads and trees as best as I could remember and marked the spot.  When the F-4 trail led to the area POOF! I knew I had it.
Normally, I wouldn't post any information leading to a location on the range, but this is all a restricted area anyway - which brings to mention:
Maybe a month or so before I went over there, Kathy and the Base Commander had gone to the site (the B-26 site that is somewhere near our "new" Phantom site).  Because of the heat, they went early.  As they were heading in, they come across "fresh" boot prints. ?????  We had to go through 2 gates, which I had to unlock, before we could get to the area.  Bigfoot?
BTW: thanks so much for posting the news articles Chris.  The combined teamwork from this site has identified the aircraft type, specific plane, and victims.
FWIW, the second article mentions several F-4 incidents in a short time from back then.  One was a collision "over the gulf of Mexico" with one plane coming down on Egmont Key (in the mouth of Tampa Bay).  I remember that happening.  I have been to that site.  I was told that for a long time, the fuselage was laying on the beach, but I never saw it.  It was a micro site with small fragments here and there.  In 1994, a hurricane came through and exposed the tip section of one wing, much of one engine, the complete nose gear and the arresting hook.  All the parts were gathered up by a local enthusiast group, stacked by one of the gun batteries (Egmont was a Coast Artillery installation), and eventually disappeared.  I like to think that they stored it in one of the bunkers out there but... Dennis
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