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Old 08-30-2016, 10:25 AM   #1
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The 1950s Jet Launching Tiny Satellites


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If you asked an eight-year-old to design a jet fighter, the end result might resemble the Lockheed F-104.

The F-104 looks less like a plane and more like a rocket with some extra bits added as an afterthought. Its long thin fuselage – with a tiny cockpit perched behind its pointy nose and short stubby wings either side – make it look state-of-the-art even today; one can only imagine how revolutionary it seemed when it was unveiled in the 1950s
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I've always liked the F-104s. Hard to fly, but when I think futuristic aircraft they are what comes to mind.
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I just saw a documentary film on these...cool!
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