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Information About SR-71 That Crashed Near El Paso, Texas

I have posted here before my prior hiking trip  to locate the remains of a B-36 that crashed in the Franklin Mountains near El Paso in 1953.  Well reading the El Paso Times today I have learned of another interesting airplane crash that occurred in the area:

Both the Times and the Herald-Post reported on the crash that happened June 17, 1970. The location was reported as 20 miles east of El Paso.

On the day of the accident, the Herald-Post headline read, “Spy plane crashes near E.P; 2 Man Crew Bails Out.”

The article reported, “An Air Force SR-71, a long-range reconnaissance jet, crashed 20 miles east of El Paso at 9:30 a.m. today following routine refueling from a KC-135 Air Force tanker.

“The two-man crew successfully ejected and parachuted to safety. They were not seriously injured. The tanker continued to circle the area for some time, evidently an attempt by the pilot to see if the other crew made it to safety.

“The two men in the SR-71 were Lt. Col. Buddy L. Brown, 41, and Maj. Mortimer Jarvis, 36, according to information released by William Beaumont General Hospital. The crewmen were picked up by helicopter and taken to the hospital where they were examined and found not seriously injured.

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E.P; 2 Man Crew Bails Out.”The article reported, “An Air Force SR-71, a long-range reconnaissance jet, crashed 20 miles east of El Paso at 9:30 a.m. today following routine refueling from a KC-135 Air Force tanker.

“The two-man crew successfully ejected and parachuted to safety. They were not seriously injured. The tanker continued to circle the area for some time, evidently an attempt by the pilot to see if the other crew made it to safety.

“The two men in the SR-71 were Lt. Col. Buddy L. Brown, 41, and Maj. Mortimer Jarvis, 36, according to information released by William Beaumont General Hospital. The crewmen were picked up by helicopter and taken to the hospital where they were examined and found not seriously injured.  [El Paso Times]

You can read the rest at the link, but it would interesting to hike into this area and like with the B-36 crash site, see if there is any debris left over from the crash.  I would think there would be but first I would have to locate where the crash site was because 20 miles east of El Paso doesn’t really narrow it down much.  So I did some Googling and found this aircraft archaeology page where the researchers actually found the crash site.  According to the article there is still debris there for people to see.  However, the article did not provide directions to the crash site.  I will have to continue to research this location but if anyone knows where the SR-71 crashed please leave a comment.

 

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