This past March, I visited the crash site of an F-4 in the Mojave Desert. I read about it in Bill Mann's "Guide to 50 Interesting and Mysterious Sites in the Mojave Vol 2". That book has many interesting places to visit out in the desert. I recommend it (and Vol 1) to anybody who spends any time in the Mojave desert. There are only 3 Amazon reviews, but they're all very positive. I've even seen Mann's guide books at the Interagency Visitor centers at Lone Pine and Kelso.
Bill reports that the plane crashed on New Years day 1964. The crash is located near Sleeping Beauty mountain, in the Cady Mountains, right off I-40 across from Pisgah crater. There's a surprisingly large amount of debris at the site, making for a lot of curious wondering about what various parts might be.
I was with Mark and his dad on this adventure. The road there was easy enough for almost any car. Up the wash there was a steep sandy hill that I decided to not attempt in my MDX. I plan on returning this summer to try that hill with my new Land Rover. Dave's Ridgeline went up it, so it's not terribly hard.
The debris was scattered over a very large area. I walked over 50 yards away from the large engine parts and was still finding pieces. I won't attepmt to identify the parts in these photos. It was, however, interesting to note the differences in weight for various pieces, and the varying states of decay/corrosion. I suspect that some are steel and some are aluminum, or maybe it's much more complicated than that.