Nicknamed "Missile With a Man in It"
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|Date Acquired:||October 1998|
|Acquired From:||USAF (Loan)|
|Dedicated||Lt. Col. Robert L. Riedenauer, USAF (retired)|
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.
|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|
|MAXIMUM SPEED:||1,300 mph at 40,000 feet (Mach 2+)|
|SERVICE CEILING:||55,000 feet above sea level|
|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|
|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|