Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West



On 10/20/53 two Northrop Corp. test pilots died in #49-2463 USAF near the community of North Edwards. The wreckage is widely scattered over a half mile of flat desert. The accident occurred during a roll in which the controls locked resulting in a high speed crash in which the aircraft disintegrated but did not burn.


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Impact crater and hundreds of aircraft fragments.

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Tire and part with number 75S-7.

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More parts found at half mile east of impact crater.

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Flag placed at impact honoring flight crew who lost their lives in defense related work.

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YF-89D parts located 400 yds. from impact.

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Parts of #49-2463 on portable examination board.



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