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F/A-18, NASA Tail Number 842

 
 
F/A, NASA Tail Number 842 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
1. F/A, NASA Tail Number 842 Marker
Inscription.  This F/A-18 Hornet (bureau Number 161214) is a pre-production A-Model airplane whose first prototype rolled out of the McDonnell Douglas Plant on September 13, 1978. The Carrier-based Navel strike fighter did not become operational for several years after that. Derived from the Northrop YF-17, the Hornet was developed and produced jointly by Northrop and McDonnell Douglas. The particular F-18 served initially as a test aircraft for the U.S. Navy at Patuxent River, Maryland, before coming to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (then named the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility) in the fall of 1990. From then until 1997 when it was placed in its present location as a permanent loan to the City of Lancaster, it completed 513 flights as a chase and general support aircraft. As such it provided a second set of eye to pilots flying research flights in such aircraft as the X-29 forward-swept wing advanced technology demonstrator; the SR-71; the oldest B-52 still flying; the X-31. It was used as a chase plane in other important projects-the validation of the space shuttle drag-chute deployment system, test with two F-16XL aircraft investigating
F/A, NASA Tail Number 842 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
2. F/A, NASA Tail Number 842 and Marker
and helping achieve laminar flow on wing surfaces, and test with the F-18 High Angle of Attack Research Vehicle. Thus, the F-18 842 played a part through its initial Navy tests in the final development of the production models of important fighter aircraft in the U.S. arsenal. Then through its support role at Dryden, it contributed to significant aeronautical research in support of American aviation.
 
Erected by City of Lancaster and Clear Channel Stadium.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
 
Location. 34° 42.136′ N, 118° 10.419′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Central Way and Avenue I, on the left when traveling south on Valley Central Way. At the baseball stadium. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45116 Valley Central Way, Lancaster CA 93536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Neil A. Armstrong (approx. 1.7 miles away); Colonel William J. “Pete” Knight (approx. 1.9 miles away); Brig. General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fred Wallace Haise 
 (approx. 2 miles away); Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired)
842 Plane Captains-Rick Cordes and Chad Sparks image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
3. 842 Plane Captains-Rick Cordes and Chad Sparks
(approx. 2 miles away); Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, USAF 
 (approx. 2 miles away); Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF (approx. 2 miles away); Western Hotel (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
F/A, NASA Tail Number 842 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
4. F/A, NASA Tail Number 842
F/A, NASA Tail Number 842 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
5. F/A, NASA Tail Number 842
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 761 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on March 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 22, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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