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Union City in Obion County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

F11F-1 Tiger

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, July 18, 2017
1. F11F-1 Tiger Marker
Inscription.  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

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By Sandra Hughes, July 18, 2017
2. F11F-1 Tiger Marker
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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceExplorationMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1954.
 
Location. 36° 26.214′ N, 89° 4.254′ W. Marker is in Union City, Tennessee, in Obion County. Marker is on Graham Drive. Marker located in Discovery Park America in Exploration area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210-260 Graham Dr, Union City TN 38261, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stem Landing (a few steps from this marker); Crawler - Transporter (a few steps from this marker); YP-84A Thunderjet (a few steps from this marker); Geodesic Dome (a few steps from this marker); UH-1B Iroquois (a few steps from this marker); Engineering the Dome (a few steps from this marker); Titan 1 Launch Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); LR91-AJ -3 Engine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
 
Also see . . .  Rasmussen to retire after 27 years
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. Known in and around the Pensacola area as a retired Navy captain, Blue Angels aviator and former development director of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Robert Rasmussen is also a painter, sculptor and philanthropist. And now, after 27 years of being the director of the National Naval Aviation Museum, he is retiring Tuesday. (Submitted on July 24, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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