Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, the chief engineer at Lockheed’s Skunk Works, visited Korea in December 1951 and spoke with fighter pilots about what sort of aircraft they wanted. At the time, the US pilots were confronting the MiG-15 and many felt that the MiGs were superior to the current American designs. The pilots requested a small and simple aircraft with excellent performance. The F-104 Starfighter was the first aircraft to simultaneously hold the world speed and altitude records and saw service in the cold war and during Vietnam. Hear from a pilot who flew this cutting edge piece of military hardware to the very limit of the atmosphere.
Presenter: Col. Bob Lilac
Our Heroes RETURN Commemorative Programs
Flight exhibitions are scheduled with most events, but please realize that these are vintage planes subject to maintenance surprises and weather delays, so there is the possibility that a flight may be cancelled at the last moment.