Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Rocket Engine NF-104A
Aerospace Jet Trainer
First flight — June, 1963.
Last flight — December, 1971.
On 6 December 1963, major Robert W. Smith set an unofficial world altitude record of 120,800 feet from a ground takeoff.
Plaque presented by: Class 72B — USAF Test Pilot School.
Erected 1972 by USAF Test Pilot School.
Location. 34° 55.013′ N, 117° 54.039′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Wolfe Avenue west of Muroc Drive, on the left when traveling west. Located in front of USAF Test Pilot School. Edwards AFB is not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 Wolfe Ave, Edwards CA 93524, 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. F-86F (approx. half a mile away); Leaps in Technology (approx. half a mile away); F-16B (approx. half a mile away); Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft (approx. half a mile away); Jackie Cochran (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sound Barrier Cracked (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Medal of Honor (approx. 0.8 miles away); F-111A - "Aardvark" (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
Regarding Rocket Engine NF-104A. This Lockheed NF-104A was the first of three astronaut training vehicles built from
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.