F-89J     52-2151
June 4, 1966
Franklin

101st FW, 132nd FIS
Maine Air National Guard
Dow AFB, Bangor
1Lt Theodore Joy, Pilot and 2Lt Carl Marran, Radar Intercept Officer took off at 2:39 PM for a practice intercept mission as part of a locally generated maximum effort exercise. It was Lt Joy's third mission of the day. After a successful "snap up" intercept against an RCAF CF-101B off the coast, the aircraft was ordered to return to Dow because no other airborne targets were available. Approaching the coastline, Joy cancelled his IFR clearance, and descended to 6000' near the town of Franklin where his parents lived and his brother was staying after returning from a tour of duty in Viet Nam. He made a high speed low level pass over the house in a westerly direction, reversed course and made a second pass in an easterly direction at 900' and an airspeed of about 350 knots. After passing the house the second time, he applied power, pulled up in a right climbing turn, and lit the afterburners. As he did so, the aircraft suffered a structural failure and the right wing began coming apart. When the right wing departed the aircraft it entered a roll which lead to the failure of the left wing and tail. Both crew ejected from the rolling aircraft. Lt  Marran ejected straight down into a ridge and was killed instantly. Lt Joy ejected through a fireball and survived with burns and other injuries. The wreckage impacted along a quarter mile path through the wooded coastal area and across a highway.
This should have been an easy site to find as it is adjacent to a paved highway and the Air Force report includes an annotated aerial photograph. A 2009 hike came up empty. Additional phone interviews indicated that I was a little too far west. This hike in 2010 was on the right ridgeline but came up empty also. Little did I know that this photo was taken just a few yards from the RIO cockpit impact area. I wouldn't find it for another two hikes in the area.
A 2010 hike with Don Martin (L) and Mike Cornett just about came up empty after hiking over several ridges. While interviewing a homeowner near the crash site, a local logger (R) stopped by and in short order walked us to the area where some of the initial break up debris impacted.
A small piece of aileron from the right wing
Pieces of the right wing root Don with a piece of wing skin
A section of fuselage skin from the cockpit area
When I found this piece, I believed that it was  the frame from one of the early blast screens installed atop the RIO instrument panel to protect against the slipstream if the canopy failed. However, since looking at photos of 132nd FIS F-89Js, I realize that they had the "standard" molded type blast screens installed on later aircraft. I am now unsure what this is.  By location, it must be from the right wing root or cockpit area.
At the RIO cockpit impact/burn area a few hundred yards from the parts above, during the summer of 2011. With 2 points of the impact path found, it should be an easy compass hike a quarter mile to the main fuselage impact area, but no dice. It will take at least one more hike to fully document this crash site.
A twisted piece of skin at the RIO cockpit impact area
Piece of stringer at the RIO cockpit impact area
Avionics at the RIO cockpit impact area
Close-up. The labeling is for the radar slave cutout switch and the pilot's course indicator (steering dot) control
Section of the RIO's instrument  panel
I no longer live within an hour's drive of this site, but plan on at least one more hike to locate the main fuselage impact area and the engines.
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