The forward empennage boom supported the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, and housed the actuating linkage of the rudder and elevator controls.
The main wreckage consisted of the engine assembly, empennage section, and the center carry-through wing section.
The empennage boom formed a tail cone to the aft beam.
The Cessna's fuselage was wrinkled and the Stinson had its empennage cut off and its left wing destroyed.
The empennage was built integral with the fuselage to ensure absolute rigidity.
The empennage was all-metal with three fins and rudders attached to the full-cantilever stabilizer.
The postflight inspection found oil covering the port nacelle and running down the entire empennage .
The gunner never had a chance as the whole empennage of the aircraft had separated resulting in the bomber spinning out of control.
A workstand on the ramp was hurled deep into the left wing and the empennage was severely damaged when the airplane was blown back against a concrete wall.