Lockheed F-104 Starfighter: “Ground control to Major Tom”.

Did the Lockheed company considered this stylish gizmo for their 104’s?. For safety reason they chose the deadly flawed Stanley B downward ejection seat. After too many deaths they went successfully “upward” with their next ejection seats.
In reality, this “F-104’s capsule” was designed (three were built) to develop high-speed (up to Mach 4) scape systems. They’re tested on the Edwards AFB’s rocket test sled.
The 1950s & 1960s: explosive bolts, stabilizing devises, shock absortion things and rockets, always rockets. Those were the times.



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