It’s been found
hey, DougM! you live around there, i do believe. i’ll bet that you either have it in your garage, or it is about to knock on your backdoor asking for directions home.
Day’s drive from me;
but I checked out back, just in case
Flight characteristics change when 800 pounds (approximately) of canopy, pilot, and ejection seat leave the aircraft. It’s (as we see) possible to go for a few more miles until out of gas or something changes enough to have “an unplanned air/ground interface condition”.
Yes, they found the crash site.