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originally posted by: gariac
a reply to: STANDARD
Note the lack of paint on the metal. Clearly not from the exterior. The only way you would know this came from a SR-71 crash is because someone swiped the debris.
I'm of the opinion for old crashes, just take photos and leave the debris for the next person to find. For modern crashes, I would gather the debris since the USAF cleans up the site. I haven't done this myself, but I've gone back to visit crash sites I photographed and nothing is there. The F-22 crash near Edwards is prime example of extreme cleanup.
The part with the "1933" on it is a part I took home because I couldn't get a decent photo in the field. I then returned on my next trip to dump the part. I really like people to be able to find debris.