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F-104 NASA 812 Airplane Miniature Model Metal Die-Cast 1:72 Part#A02WTW72016-008

  • $ 14995


In August 1956, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center started using the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter for flight research and flying safety chase missions in support of other research aircraft. NASA Dryden, at Edwards Air Force Base, California, operated a total of 11 Starfighters with the last flight of a Starfighter taking place in February 1994. The F-104 was the first aircraft to fly at twice the speed of sound and held numerous airspeed and altitude records. On May 18, 1958, an F-104A set a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph, and on December 14, 1959, an F-104C set a world altitude record of 103,395 feet. The Starfighter was the first aircraft to hold simultaneous official world records for speed, altitude and time-to-climb. Using an accelerated loft technique, some F-104s have been flown to higher than 90,000 feet.

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