F-104A · "Starfighter"

F-104A · "Starfighter" (HM167E)

Location: Eden, CA 83325 Kern County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 52.26', W 117° 59.437'

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The first XF-104 made its initial flight here at Edwards AFB in February 1954. In May 1958, a YF-104A set a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph over Edwards, and in December 1959, an F-104C set a world altitude record of 103, 395 feet here. The Starfighter was the first aircraft to hold simultaneous official world records for speed, altitude and time-to-climb, most of which were established at Edwards AFB. The USAF procured about 300 Starfighters in one-and two-seat versions and another 1700 were sold to foreign countries.

This Starfighter had a very interesting flight test career. It was loaned to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center shortly after being delivered to the USAF in 1957. In 1959 it was bailed to Lockheed and was fitted with a G-model tail for nuclear weapons shape trails. It was also used as a chase plane on the first flight of the Lockheed SR-71A in 1964 and later flew with a U-2 nose installed to support AIM-7 missile tests for the F-104S. It returned to NASA service in 1966 and flew test missions at Dryden until 1977. It was transferred to the AFFTC Museum in 1985 and restored by the 412th Test Wing Surfaces Team in 2006.

On Loan from the National Museum of the USAF
HM NumberHM167E
Placed ByAir Force Flight Test Museum
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 6:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 409461 N 3859185
Decimal Degrees34.87100000, -117.99061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 52.26', W 117° 59.437'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 52' 15.60" N, 117° 59' 26.22" W
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Area Code(s)208
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1099 Rosamond Blvd, Eden CA 83325, US
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