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Xelex

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Recently, I was looking for a prehistoric petroglyph site in the El Paso Mountains near Ridgecrest, California, when I stumbled across a piece of an airplane. It was made of aluminum and was probably almost 18 inches long and a little over six inches wide. It appeared to be part of a larger, multi-piece access panel. I could find no inspection stamps, but the part number looks like 186-31190. It does not appear to be associated with a crash site. Based on proximity to NAWS China Lake, I am guessing it's from a Navy plane. Any ideas?

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10851Man

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In this region, only a Ryan was lost in 1981. I have seen Cessna parts with '186' prefixes...Maybe a Bird Dog???
Angusnofangus

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Flush rivets and flush Dzus fasteners, plus fairly thick material; almost certainly not a Cessna. An access panel, but from what, I don't know.
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Good points....I was fixated on the '186' prefix...
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