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F-104

The museum displays an F-104 Starfighter in a dramatic, near-vertical climb. Previously displayed at the entrance to the airport's access road (before being replaced by the museum's F-4 Phantom II), the F-104 was stored north of the museum for several years while it underwent restoration and details for its new display were finalized. (The museum informs me that the F-104 was erected in January, 2016; Google has not yet updated its aerial imagery to reflect the installation of the aircraft.)

Displayed with tail number 60932, this plane actually has a serial number of 56-0932.

The museum has a blog post with information about the plane's service history:


In 1961, it was sent to Germany by President Kennedy during the “Berlin Crisis” when the city was being divided by the construction of the Berlin Wall that brought the "Cold War" to the edge of World War III. In 1965, #932 became an actual "war-bird" when it was one of only 29 F-104s sent to Vietnam, where it would fly more than fifty missions.

 
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