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Unread 02-14-2011, 09:28 PM   #1
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XB70 crash site

We recently camped a Friday night in Calico Ghost town and then went on a search for the XB-70 and F104N crash sites. We've been to Calico several times, so we skipped the town itself.
Our caravan included two Cherokees, a Suburban and an Envoy. We took Ghost town road to Yermo cut-off to Fort Irwin road and then off into the Mojave desert. All roads were no problem for our vehicles, our GPS units helped tremendously! We had the GPS coordinates for all the sites we planned to see.

Our first stop was the XB-70 crash site. The XB-70 was always one of my favorite X planes. It was a supersonic bomber with 6 huge GE engines. GE had asked for a photo mission of five planes all with GE engines. The huge XB70 Valkyrie created wake turbulence which pulled the tiny F104 into it, tearing off the XB70 vertical stabilizers and dooming both planes to their end.


XB-70 met it's fate here, taking it's co-pilot with it.



Here we are at the F104 site



Here is the F104 memorial with a contrail in the background


My navigator, demanding I open the hatch and make a PB&J sandwich



The Mojave was really awesome. Thirty-nine degrees at night, 72 in the day.



This is the Coolgardie mine. It has collapsed in many places and is surrounded by barbed wire



Harpers dry lake in the distance. It doesn't look dry.



We had planned to also see Inscription Canyon and Opal Mountain but one of our crew had a hot date. The Cherokees headed home and the Chevy's trekked on. If I get some of their pics I'll post them.

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Unread 02-15-2011, 07:51 PM   #2
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Sounded like a fun trip, and that is an interesting story about the planes. Thanks for sharing.
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Unread 02-15-2011, 07:55 PM   #3
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Been there before. Its a really cool area. My grandma lives on a homesteaded ranch near there. I hope to take a road trip with the heep out there this summer
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