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JOE DAVIES HERITAGE AIRPARK AT PALMDALE PLANT 42
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F-104 STARFIGHTER

Aircraft at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42

Nicknamed "Missile With a Man in It"

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A/C SN 57-0915
Construction # 388
Date Acquired: October 1998
Acquired From: USAF (Loan)
Displayed: October 1998
Dedicated Lt. Col. Robert L. Riedenauer, USAF (retired)

History

Manufactured by Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank CA and delivered to the USAF on May 27, 1959.

May 1959 To 479th Tactical Fighter Wing (Tactical Air Command), George AFB CA (deployment to Moron AB Spain)
May 1967 To Sacramento Air Materiel Area, McClellan AFB CA
Jul 1967 To AF Flight Test Center (AF Systems Command), Edwards AFB CA
Nov 1973 Dropped from inventory by transfer to museum status
1994 Trucked to Palmdale (Lockheed) from San Antonio, TX
Oct 1998 Loaned to Joe Davies Heritage Air Park

According to Dave Ferguson, Bob Riedenauer actually flew the F-104 we have at the Airpark.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Riedenauer is the only test pilot to have flown the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117 Stealth Fighter, highlighting a military and civilian flight test career that included advanced development of some of the most famous aircraft of the 20th Century.

General Information


MANUFACTURER: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and by license to foreign countries (Military Aid Program)
PRODUCTION PERIOD: 1955 to 1970
NUMBER PRODUCED: 737 by Lockheed and 1,799 through Military Aid Program (MAP)
PRODUCTION SERIES: USAF: F-104A/C single-seat A/C, F-104B/D two-seat A/C; MAP: F-104G/J, CF-104G, F-104S single-seat A/C, TF-104G two-seat A/C
ROLES: Originally designed as a land-based fair-weather air superiority fighter for the US Air Force; later developed into a land-based all-weather multi-mission aircraft for the US Air Force, capable of interception and forward air control


Performance and Specifications

(Figures given are general to the F-104 Series)

MAXIMUM SPEED: 1,300 mph at 40,000 feet (Mach 2+)
SERVICE CEILING: 55,000 feet above sea level
RANGE: 1,600 miles
WEAPONS: AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, M61A1 Vulcan 20mm cannon, and a variety of air to ground weapons could be carried on the six wing and two fuselage stations
CREW: Pilot
LENGTH: 54 feet, 9 inches
WINGSPAN: 21 feet, 11 inches
HEIGHT: 13 feet, 6 inches
MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT: 28,779 lbs.
POWERPLANT: General Electric J79GE-11A turbojet engine with afterburner providing 15,800 lbs. of thrust
ACHIEVEMENTS: First operational USAF A/C to achieve Mach 2 in level flight; first aircraft to hold simultaneous official world records for speed, altitude and time-to-climb

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