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XF-104 Starfighter First Flight

By Dr. Raymond L. Puffer Air Force Flight Center historian The F-104 program was in trouble. On March 4, 1954, Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier had taken the XF-104 Starfighter into the air for the first time, but subsequent flights had quickly revealed that its original engine couldn’t propel the dramatic new interceptor to its […]

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PA-48 Before Restoration

PA-48 Restoration Completed

A group of dedicated museum and 412th Maintenance Squadron volunteers recently completed restoration of the PA-48 Enforcer. “The Piper PA-48 was part of a series of aircraft that were designed for counter-insurgency, known as COIN aircraft. The hope was to put them in production, but not necessarily for the U.S. military. These were aircraft that […]

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