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

Photo Number: ET-95
Photo Date: 1961
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JF-104A (formerly YF-104A, serial # 55-2961) was modifed with a hydrogen peroxide reaction control system (RCS). Following a zoom climb to altitudes in the vicinity of 80,000 feet, the RCS system gave the aircraft controllability in the thin upper atmosphere where conventional control surfaces are ineffective.
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Keywords: JF-104A, F-104, YF-104A, 55-2961, hydrogen peroxide reaction control system, RCS

Last Modified: October 17, 2003
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