Aviation Photo #0843422 Lockheed F-104A Starfighter - Untitled

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A sad picture - all that was left of Darryl Greenamyer's Starfighter in 1987. Greenamyer built this Starfighter using pieces obtained from many sources. On October 24th 1977, he set a FAI 3km speed record of 988.26 mph, which still stands. On February 26, 1978, while preparing an assault on the FAI altitude record, he was unable to get the landing gear to lock before landing. As it was dangerous to land in this condition, he was forced to eject and the airplane was destroyed, as shown in this picture.
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    David Lednicer
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    Lockheed F-104A Starfighter
    Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
    Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
    Lockheed
    183-1024
    N104RB
    Mojave
    California
    USA
    March 24, 1987
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Anonymous
6 years ago
This picture is a unique picture of a plane with a great story behind it. It is very hard to find pictures of this wreckage and I have been told that it has been scrapped since. There should be a movie made on Darryl Greenamyer and his Red Baron. Great job David Lednicer!
Anonymous
6 years ago
A sad photo indeed; I totally agree, someone should make a film about Darryl Greenamyer.....what a guy!
Thank you so much, David Lednicer for posting this photo and story; I remember well when Darryl Greenameyer built this plane, even read a story about how he "obtained" the J-79; it wasn't easy! A few years ago, I saw a Starfighter do a "Demo" at an aiirshow; it got me to thinking about this plane.......wondered what ever happened to it. Now I know......what a shame. One thing really surprises me about the wreckage though; It is very rare indeed, for a plane like a F-104 to come down on it's own, after an ejection, and have ANY recognizable pieces left!
During the first couple of years the Air Force started flying the F-104, they did a tremendous amount of test work at Wright-Patterson AFB in Fairborn, Oh. with them; for a long time, you could see them in the air almost every day. They also lost more than a few to crashes, several very near the base; none had anything near this recognizable........mostly just big smoking holes in the ground! The plane had a very "sinister" reputation for a long time.

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