F-14 Tomcat Crash Site Spur

Total Miles
2.5

Elevation

305.28 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This is a scenic, sandy, unimproved southwest high desert trail that includes a visit to the US Marine Corps F-14 Tomcat crash site. The Tomcat is the same plane that was filmed in the original Top Gun film with Maverick and Goose as the two main characters. The Tomcat was designed as an all-weather supersonic air superiority fighter-interceptor for naval fleet protection against all airborne threats. Ironically, this aircrew and plane suffered the same fate as Maverick and Goose's plane did in the film--an irrecoverable and deadly flat spin--one of a fighter pilot's worst nightmares. In the film, Goose failed to survive the crash due to an ejection seat malfunction. However, in the case of this mishap, both crewmembers are rumored to have survived. It's interesting to note that in the case of a flat spin crash, the aircraft has very little movement over the ground because it is literally spinning in place over a fixed point on the ground at the time of impact, preserving most of the wreckage in a small area with the aircraft fairly intact as it hits the ground. Flat spin crashes are relatively rare, so being able to view this crash site with the aircraft fairly intact is not a common occurrence. Conversely, in more common high-speed impacts, the aircraft completely disintegrates with parts being spread out for miles.

Photos of F-14 Tomcat Crash Site Spur

F-14 Tomcat Crash Site Spur
F-14 Tomcat Crash Site Spur
F-14 Tomcat Crash Site Spur

Difficulty

This is a dirt or rocky road with gentle grades. It's safe for most 4WD and high-clearance 2WD vehicles. These roads are typically two vehicles wide.

History

This crash appears to have occurred in the early 80s.

Technical Rating

1

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