Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
This Starfighter had a very interesting flight test career. It was loaned to NASAs Dryden Flight Research Center shortly after being delivered to the USAF in 1957. In 1959 it was bailed to Lockheed and was fitted with a G-model tail for nuclear weapons shape trails. It was also used as a chase plane on the first flight of the Lockheed SR-71A in 1964 and later flew with a U-2 nose installed to support AIM-7 missile tests for the F-104S. It returned to NASA service in 1966 and flew test missions at Dryden until 1977. It was transferred to the AFFTC Museum in 1985 and restored by the 412th Test Wing Surfaces Team in 2006.
On Loan from the National Museum of the USAF
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Museum.
Location. Touch for map. Located in Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center just outside the West Main Gate Edwards AFB, Ca. Marker is in this post office area: Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. TF-102A “Delta Dagger” (a few steps from this marker); F-105D “Thunderchief” (within shouting distance of this marker); YC-15 (within shouting distance of this marker); F-106B “Delta Dart” (within shouting distance of this marker); YF-100A “Super Sabre” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101B “Voodoo” (within shouting distance of this marker); YA-10B Prototype number 73-1664 (approx. 4.8 miles away); NF-4C - "Phantom II" (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 366 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 25, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.