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F8F-1 Bearcat
Bearcat fly-by (photo courtesy of Naval Historical Center)
Bearcat
F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151:
Pilot:  Lt. Bill Webster

This Grumman cat ran out of fuel, the engine quit, and the pilot made a dead-stick landing on a high mesa in a remote area of Seven Springs, AZ (northeast of Phoenix) on April 14, 1952.  Not exactly an aircraft carrier and it is very rugged and unforgiving terrain. 

Pilot was okay. Two medics were parachuted in and the three spent the night camped at the crash site.

The Navy abandoned this wreck due to its inaccessibility.  But, similar to the fate of many Arizona aircraft wrecks, salvagers got to this one and the bulk of the aircraft is gone, as is the engine, props, etc.

Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Appears to be headrest armor plating, with an instrument sitting on top.
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Unknown cockpit dial, probably O2 pressure gauge
SPECIAL THANKS: We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Craig Fuller at AAIR for helping us to home in on this crash site.  Craig had done aerial searches, pinpointing the best “forced-landing” spots in this very inhospitable terrain.  Also, we hashed out areas Craig had searched for the Bearcat and areas we had searched and were able to narrow it down for good.
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Section of main crash site with a dead century plant in the middle
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Many parts of the Bearcat scattered along the mesa
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Bearcats showing off for a crowd
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Road leading up to the mesa where the Bearcat crashed.
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Some bigger structural pieces
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
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Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Radio and other parts
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Probably seat and headrest armor
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Bearcat in action
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
This is either the generator or the starter. The outer body of the unit with magnets intact is just above the drive gear in this photo (thanks to "Second Air Force" at Warbirds Resource Group for help identifying this part)
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Radio pieces, looking upslope
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Deckload of Bearcats
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
Unknown component
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, bureau number 95151, Pilot Lt. Bill Webster, ran out of fuel and crash landed on a mesa in Seven Springs area on April 14, 1952. Arizona plane crash, belly-landing in the desert, bearcat crash landing in Arizona.
More large pieces of the Bearcat
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