Republic F-84 Thunderstreak
F-84F s/n 52-7071
14 JAN 1958
Lt. James Alfred Franklin Wood
7 NE Swansea AZ
This series of shots compares the
grainy accident report photos with
Google Earth images.
Thanks to Chris Baird at
and Brad Gray for debating back and forth via email
about the location of this crash site using Google Earth.
Now having determined the most
likely location for the crash, out to the crash site! The
first photo was fairly easy to line up. However getting to
the exact spot proved problematic as the impact was in the
river bed and has since been overgrown with heavy
vegetation, however parts that had been thrown from the
impact point were found at this spot.
(You can click
on the right hand photo below for a larger picture)
picture was a little harder to line up since I was not at
the actual impact site due to the vegetation mentioned
above. The three pictures below are looking roughly in that
(click on pictures below for full size image)
Parts found that had been thrown
from the impact point. 30F on the right hand part is the
proper prefix for an F-84.
We did not spend too much time looking around due to the
fact that we had punctured two tires and the
sun was growing low. I don't have any pictures of the
freshly graded pipeline road with the freshly broken sharp
rocks that caused all of the damage, but here are two shots
showing how much the vegetation near the river bottom has
overtaken the road.
Adding air to the leaking tire. Let's hear it for on-board
air! The tip of the rock, which was about the size of a
marble, was stuck in the tire. Not wanting
to risk digging it out prevented use of a plug. Fortunately
it was a slow leak slowed even more by fix a flat!