11 April 1975

A formation of NASA's five Lockheed F-104 Starfighters, 11 April 1975. (NASA/Bob Rhine)
A formation of NASA’s five Lockheed F-104 Starfighters, 11 April 1975. (NASA/Bob Rhine)

11 April 1975: “The only time the five ship fleet of NASA Dryden’s F-104 Starfighters was ever airborne at the same time. Pilots were: F-104N #811-Bill Dana; F-104N #812-Tom McMurtry; F-104A #818-Einar Enevoldson; F-104A #820-Gary Krier; and F-104B #819-Fitz Fulton and Ray Young. Photo taken from T-38 #821 flown by Don Mallick.”

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Bryan R. Swopes grew up in Southern California in the 1950s–60s, near the center of America's aerospace industry. He has had a life-long interest in aviation and space flight. Bryan is a retired commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor.

9 thoughts on “11 April 1975

    1. Thomas C. McMurtry was a graduate of University of Notre Dame, 1957, and a U.S. Navy test pilot. He died 3 January 2015 at the age of 79 years.

  1. and My God…. even more impressive than the once in a lifetime collection of Starfighters is the collection of pilots and flight engineers flying them and also captured in the photo … you could fill a book, just on them….

  2. Sean Smith, I was think the same about the pilots. Hall of Famers one and all.

  3. I don’t know anything about Einar Enevoldson. It jumps out at me because I love the name Einar; it was my grandfather’s.
    (Just to keep this post airborne— he was a mechanic in the Air Corps during WW11.)

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