F11F-1 Tiger

F11F-1 Tiger (HM203E)

Location: Union City, TN 38261 Obion County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 26.214', W 89° 4.254'

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The F11F-1 Tiger, a single-seat carrier-based fighter, entered service in 1954 during an era of rapid advancement in aeronautical engineering. The proportion ratios of this aircraft and its swept-wing design are both the result of lessons learned during the early days of faster-than-sound flight. Later redesignated as F-11, it was so fast that during the test firing of a 20mm cannon in 1956, one pilot nearly shot himself out of the sky.
The pilot entered a dive after firing, and as the rounds lost speed and began to fall, the aircraft continued as the same speed, eventually catching up to the rounds. Fortunately, the pilot was able to land safely.

The U. S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flew the F-11 from 1957-1969, the longest of any aircraft used by the squadron. Captain Robert L. Rasmussen flew this particular F-11 between 1958-1960, most in flight demonstrations as the Blue Angels' diamond formation #4 pilot. He would later serve as Director of the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. After 30 years in this position, he retired in 2014. One of his final acts as director was to oversee the loan of this aircraft to Discovery Park of America. It has been displayed at the front gate of the Navy Base since 1965 and was moved here in 2014. It was not until it reached
Union City and the data plate found during its display preparation that it was identified as the aircraft Captain Rasmussen had flown 300 times, fact he never knew until then.
HM NumberHM203E
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Date Added Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 314377 N 4034401
Decimal Degrees36.43690000, -89.07090000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 26.214', W 89° 4.254'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 26' 12.84" N, 89° 4' 15.24" W
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Area Code(s)731, 270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210-260 Graham Dr, Union City TN 38261, US
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