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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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