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NASA Retired Its F-104 20 Years Ago
2014-02-08 08:09:25

[ Watch the Video: Looking Back At NASA's Retired F-104 Jet ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Twenty years ago, NASA’s F-104 jet made its final flight over the space agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center. During that flight, NASA research pilot Tom McMurtry took the F-104 from the Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, which Dryden shares. “At the last moment, he switched on the fuel flow to the afterburner and a vapor trail of fuel streamed out...

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2011-05-25 08:52:39

F-104 jet fighters just like the ones astronauts trained in for decades will become a more regular part of the skyscape above NASA's Kennedy Space Center as a private company expands its fleet of jets with plans to conduct more research flights, launch very small satellites into space and even take paying passengers into the stratosphere. The developments come four years after the company made its first flight from the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at Kennedy in April 2007. Starfighters...


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