Posts Tagged ‘airplane crash’

Jet in the Woods Identified!

After a great amount of debate over what model plane the jet was, the question has been answered definitively.

This is an email I got from Ian

I went and visited the crash site back a month or so and took alot of pix, came home and did some research. I wasn’t aware of this discussion board at the time, but figuring that orange and white paint generally indicates a trainer aircraft, I went looking for trainers used by the military during the 60’s. I saw in a few places people who thought this wreck was an F-80 or a T-33, among other things but there was always a section of the aircraft that just didn’t match up to those suggestions. Finally I ran across a picture of the Lockheed T2V-1 “Seastar” and I was convinced that the West Milford wreck was one of these jets. Everything matched up, from the position of the horizontal stabilizers on the tail section, to the style of intake. And once I was made aware of this site, and I read through all the posts, I was more convinced than ever. Now, a month later, I thought I would bring my friend out to see the crash since it was a nice day and we both are airplane lovers. Since there was alot less snow today due to the temperature, there was a bit more to see than the first time I visited. After spending a good hour or so examining the wreckage, close to the fuselage, near a hydraulic line in the starboard wing, I found a blue stamp on the now exposed ribs of the wing that reads: NAVY T2V-1. I think this should hopefully clear up any doubts as to the type of aircraft that crashed into the West Milford woods all those years ago. Cheers!

Here is a website about the T2V

Weird NJ video of jet in the woods

Downed Jet in West Milford

In 1967, a jet plane crashed in the woods of West Milford. The pilot safely ejected and was rescued. The Air Force removed the engine, but left the fuselage behind. It has remained a hidden secret in the woods for nearly 4 decades. This was written up in Weird NJ in issue 14. I was given the approximate location by WillyD, so I drove up to West Milford one weekend, parked on a small cul-de-sac and headed into the woods.

The land belongs to the Newark Watershed Commission. ATV riding is illegal, but hiking and horseback riding are allowed with a permit. I headed down a large trail and within 15 minutes found the jet. The nose cone has been dragged about 100 feet away from the fuselage, which is in surprisingly good shape after 40 years in the woods.

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