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Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft

 
 
F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 8, 2018
1. F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Marker
Inscription.  This research aircraft was the first airplane to fly using a digital fly-by-wire electronics flight-control system with no mechanical backup system. The initial system utilized components from the Apollo spacecraft guidance and control system.

Digital fly-by-wire flight-control systems are now being incorporated into the designs of the most modern commercial transport airplanes, and are routinely used on nearly all new military aircraft.

First Flight: May 25, 1972 Pilot: Gary E. Krier
 
Erected by NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.
 
Location. 34° 57.129′ N, 117° 53.309′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Lilly Avenue and Walker Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Lilly Avenue. Edwards AFB is not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4800 Lilly Avenue, Edwards CA 93523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-8 DFBW (here, next to this marker); F-8 Supercritical Wing Aircraft (a few steps from this marker);
F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 8, 2018
2. F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Marker
X-29 (a few steps from this marker); Lockheed F-104 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird (within shouting distance of this marker); NF-15B (within shouting distance of this marker); HiMAT (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); HL-10 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
More about this marker. Located in front of the Armstrong Flight Research Center Visitors Control Building at Edwards Air Force Base.
Although the base is closed to the general public, they do have monthly tours depending on the current security conditions. The tours do not visit this area.
 
Also see . . .  Gary E. Krier - Former Pilot. (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.)
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 8, 2018
3. F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft
Marker seen in this view is the Near-by marker "F-8 DFWB."
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on January 6, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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