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  I found this item at an F100C site near indian springs NV.  Not really a part ID question as i know what it is:  Its a punch tool, and by the sharp diamond tip i think its a scribe.

  My question is:  What is it doing at a crash site?  I know most aircraft have storage areas where those "Remove before flight" pins are stowed, but would this have been something carried in the aircraft when it was in flight?  Perhaps a tool inadvertently left behind by the recovery team?  I just always wondered how this tool ended up in the wreckage.

  Any ideas?


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It could be from the crash recovery crew.

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We'd have water spills in the jets we worked back at Burbank sometimes and would send some lucky contestant down in the "keel" to mop up. It was amazing how many tools came up out of there. The tool you found might have been an inadvertent passenger
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I remember working B-1A Ship 4 when it had a write up for a strange sticking point in the stick throw in right roll.  The spring cartridges for stick feel were under the floor, accessed from a panel in the nose wheel well.  When we opened that panel and started looking around we found a flashlight, a set of multimeter test leads, and several loose fasteners.  /cringe...  We did figure out one the the feel cartridges had started to bind.


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It would be nice to think that it was dropped after the crash but the possibility of it being onboard is real.  The worse things that I have found was the head of a hammer in an F-4 and a bucking bar in the wing of an F-86 not to mention all the hardware over the years.  I wonder how many crashes can be directly linked to FOD?
 I still have the bucking bar.

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So the consensus seems to be FOD.  Interesting, i didnt even think of that as an option of how that punch ended up at the crash site, but when you guys started posting up about FOD, it made me remember the SIB findings tab i have for another F100C where a punch went through the engine and caused it to fail:

  Thanks to all who contributed and helped me out, as always i am amazed at the depth of aviation knowledge found on this board!


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Dad was an Army Aviation maintenance officer and he told me of an Ov-1 mohawk that had two different pilots claiming that it tried to kill them in a bank. They drilled the wing apart and found a Grumman bucking bar sliding in and out of position to block aileron movement. They sent the bar back to Grumman, don't know how that one shook out.

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Wow, what is it about bucking bars haha. I have one in my tool box that I pulled out of a Caravan wing, that had gone unnoticed for the 5 years it has been in service.

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A few years back I found a very large bucking bar in the horizontal stab of a 727. The fact that it was stuck down in the corrosion protection film is the only reason it didn't bounce around. 
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