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Cal Sci Center Lockheed F-104D Starfighter walkaround

24 June 2011

Cal Sci Center Lockheed F-104D walkaround

34º 01′ 00″ N / 118º 17′ 02″ W

The California Science Center has several aircraft on display. During a layover of only a few hours at LAX one day I had time to view the aircraft on exhibit outside the museum. It is quite easy to get to, plentiful parking, gorgeous grounds and neighboring museums.

Cal Sci Center’s F-104D against the Los Angeles background — photo by Joe May

Here are photos of the Lockheed F-104D Starfighter mounted on an exterior wall about three stories above the sidewalk, it looks like the manned missile it was designed to be, really just enough airplane to surround a very large engine. This Starfighter looks as if it soaring upwards to the stratosphere. The Delta model Starfighters were also utilized as trainers.

Lockheed TF-104 Starfighter — photo by Joe May

Lockheed F-104D Starfighter — photo by Joe May

The Cal Sci Center Starfighter from directly beneath — photo by Joe May

Chase view of the F-104D Starfighter — photo by Joe May

Additional source: much more Starfighter information can be found on the web site for the International F-104 Society

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    24 June 2011 13:26

    Thank you so much for these photographs. The F-104 was a particular favourite of mine, when NATO aircraft visited RAF bases. However, the 104 had a fearsome reputation for fatal accidents (the Luftwaffe lost over 100 pilots, for example). This was not helped, in part, by the early Stanley ejection seats firing DOWNWARDS. Lockheed seats followed which actually gave a conventional exit, but it wasn’t until the ‘master of ejection’, Martin-Baker was brought into the picture, that the problem was solved.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      24 June 2011 22:57

      I’m glad you enjoyed them. Yes, the Germans had their problems with the F-104, causing quite a scandal. Yet, the Italians and Japanese — not too mention the U.S. — did not have close to the German fatality rate. The downward ejection that was there originally must have given more than one pilot a wry smile. Martin-Baker does build the best seats I agree, though, the Russians have shown remarkable ones as well.

  2. david lord permalink
    25 June 2011 16:44

    I think this is the most exquisite aircraft display support I’ve ever seen…from every angle…almost puts one in the cockpit…or want to be!

    Great shots!

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