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

Lockheed F-104

 
 
Lockheed 104 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 8, 2018
1. Lockheed 104 Marker
Inscription.  NASA Dryden operated a fleet of F-104 Starfighters between 1956 and 1994. These were used as chase aircraft, for pilot training and proficiency, and to practice X-15 approaches and landings. They were also configured to carry flight-test fixtures mounted on the fuselage centerline. Items to be tested were installed on the fixture, instrumented, and then flown to gather data. This F-104G was used to test space shuttle thermal protection tiles. With the tiles attached to the test fixture, it flew through simulated rain to study how moisture would affect them. The tiles were also flown on the fixture in a position similar to that on the orbiter to determine whether bonding used to secure the tiles was sufficient. This aircraft was delivered to the German Luftwaffe in 1964, acquired by NASA in 1975, and retired in 1994.
 
Erected by NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.
 
Location. 34° 57.124′ N, 117° 53.334′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Lilly Avenue and
Lockheed F-104 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 8, 2018
2. Lockheed F-104 Marker
Walker Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Lilly Avenue. Located in front the Armstrong Flight Research Center Visitors Control Building. 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. 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. X-29 (a few steps from this marker); Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird (within shouting distance of this marker); F-8 DFBW (within shouting distance of this marker); F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft (within shouting distance of this marker); F-8 Supercritical Wing Aircraft (within shouting distance of this marker); NF-15B (within shouting distance of this marker); HL-10 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); HiMAT (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Lockheed F-104 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 8, 2018
3. Lockheed F-104 and Marker
Lockheed F-104 image. Click for full size.
By NASA  
4. Lockheed F-104
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on January 6, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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