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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47199
Last updated: 16 March 2020
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Date:20-DEC-1962
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter
Owner/operator:NASA
Registration: 56-0749
C/n / 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
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Edwards AFB, CA
Destination airport:
Narrative:
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.

Sources:

http://www.916-starfighter.de/F-104_NASA.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194548/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1962.htm#dec
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1956.html
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-104/E-5071.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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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