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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47199
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter
Registration: 56-0749
MSN: 183-1037
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Edwards AFB, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Edwards AFB, CA
Destination airport:
In October 1957, NASA acquired two ex-USAF F-104A single seater [56-0734, 56-0749] for use in flight testing; modified as JF-104A for high-altitude center line rocket (balloon) launch tests (with ventrally-mounted Air Launched Sounding Rocket (ALSOR)). The intent of the program was to release a balloon from an air launched rocket at over 1,000,000 feet altitude (approximately 190 miles) and then measure its rate of descent to determine the air density. 56-0749 crashed on December 20 1962. NASA pilot Milton O. Thompson ejected safely at Edwards AFB when plane suffered asymmetric flap condition which resulted in uncommanded roll.


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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
27-Oct-2012 15:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Apr-2015 18:08 TB Updated [Phase, Embed code, Narrative]

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