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Black Mesa - Cave Creek, AZ
2012-02-2420 by
 
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Phoenix, AZ
 
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Hiked from the Spur Cross parking lot up to the side of Black Mesa to look for an old airplane wreck. The park ranger at Spur Cross had told me about the wreck a year ago but I was unable to find it on my first search. Spotting it from the top of Black Mesa a few months ago enabled me to locate it on Google Earth and get the exact GPS coordinates which led me to it's location on today's hike. The wreckage is spread out from the top of a ridge down into a ravine. The two largest remaining pieces are the wings which broke off fairly intact during the crash. I estimate the wingspan at approximately 30 feet. The firewall with engine support frame and front wheel strut was in the bottom of the ravine. Based on some research on the internet using my pictures my best guess is that this plane was an Alon A-2 Aircoupe built in 1966 and is probably the one which crashed on July 22,1968, tail number N5667F. Some of the previous finders had scratched their names and dates on the wing surfaces. The earliest inscription was by Gary Bowers on Nov 30, 1969. I found no engine, tail section or landing gear parts and no identifying numbers. Some of the parts including the front wheel fork were partially melted but don't know if this occurred during the crash or a later forest fire.
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