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Got a phone call this morning from a friend who had recently returned from Yeager's NF-104 site and sadly wanted to report the area had been completely dug up and destroyed. I can't imagine the purpose behind why someone, or as the boot prints at the site suggest, several someones, would need to take practically all of the aircraft away from the site.
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Registered: 1199550059 Posts: 476
Thats a sad thing to hear. When I went there in 2008 I was suprised about how little remained.
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When I first visited the site on 8 May 1999 with NASA Photographer Tony Landis (Left), the impact site had been dug up then. All the well-known/popular sites have been dug up and are just about gone. When you have some chasers and others selling parts for profit on eBay and their websites, removing almost everything from a site doesn't surprise me at all. I've been watching parts being sold on the Internet for the past 10 years. Evelyn hasn't been to the NF-104A site and was asking just the other day about the site after watching "The Right Stuff!" She'll be real disappointed.
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This is all I found at the Yeager's NF-104 crash site after searching for 30+ minutes last year. We were lucky to find a rivet. You could tell the whole area was dug up recently. This site is a good example of what happens when people want a piece of history. The same thing happened to the YB-49 site. Both sites were just too well known. At least I can say I was there.
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I took several people from the Test Pilot School out there a few years ago and there wasn't much to see. I recently saw that someone in England is selling framed displays of NF-104A parts. There were also pieces for sale (along with X-2, X-15, XB-70, and others) at the General Store in Randsburg.
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Just stumbled upon this thread. That sucks, we went out to the Yeager site a few months ago and I was almost sure I was off on where I had pinned the location due to the lack of debris, but this answers that. We spent about half an hour there and the only thing we saw was a foot long piece of wiring, that Jill happen to just stumble upon. And guess I better put the YB-49 site high on our list to see if there is anything left there. This is why in our Urban Exploration we are reluctant to share where locations our, never know the reason a person wants to know and who they are going to tell.
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Been following this one for a long time now. I find aviation archaeology an interesting sport, and have for over thirty years now. Anyway, I live near the NF-104A crash site. My friend, T.R., from Rosamond turned me on to this site many years ago. ( hint: the godfather of aviation archaeology) Anyway, I decided to do a detailed study of the site with my compares, collect a couple hundred grams of material, write a couple reports about the incident, teach future search and rescue and aerospace leaders something about the history of the place, and photo-study the area at least a couple times a year for decades. I did the photo study because I grew up near a number of crash sites, some of them famous, and watched them disappear over the years. During the last 20 years, I have done this photo thing at a few dozen of crash sites. I eventually plan to use information for the subject of an advanced degree (again). I am not ready to publish any of my findings at this time because I am to busy defending the USA, however there is something interesting to note. Beginning in early 2009, hoards of individuals armed with recently published books, flooded to the NF-104A and other X-Plane sites and right-royaly looted the areas. I met a few of these folks, got some photos, and actually made a couple friends. Hell, I wish I had a book like that in my early days of exploration! Most of these folks are not bad. I did meet a few bad ones as one might suspect. The guys who take backhoes in with the aid of the mass-produced print material, get all they can, and get out quickly, and leave destruction in their wake are the enemy of this avocation. I guess I am going to have to factor this into my research.
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Who is T.R. in Rosamond?
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Isn't that western_flyer on e-bay who is always selling all the X plane crash parts? __________________ Craig AAIR, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research http://www.aviationarchaeology.com