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JF-104 ground testing reaction control system (RCS) jets JF-104 ground testing reaction control system (RCS) jets

Photo Number: E-6595
Photo Date: 1961

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Description: JF-104A (formerly YF-104A, serial #55-2961) was modified with a hydrogen peroxide reaction control system (RCS). Following a zoom climb to altitudes in the vicinity of 80,000 feet, the RCS gave the jet controllablity in the thin upper atmosphere where conventional control surfaces are ineffective.

Keywords: F-104 Starfighter

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