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Historical image
posted by Beaver
Wed, Jul 1 2009

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rapier wrote re: Historical image
on Thu, Jul 2 2009 8:40 AM

F-104 Starfighter main landing gear (rear view) .....

The man is apparently probing if the wing leading-edge is really razor sharp .....

..... I confess ..... I made the same thing with a F-104B displayed at Le Bourget in 1959 .....

petebutt wrote re: Historical image
on Wed, Jul 8 2009 9:19 PM

The YF-104A roll-out again. Though not razor sharp the leading edges could take large chunks of scalp if you were inattentive when ducking under the wings.

rapier wrote re: Historical image
on Thu, Jul 9 2009 11:00 PM

If not razor sharp, surely sharp as a knife's blade .....

The wing leading-edge was protected by a cover, but a small piece near the fuselage was free so I tested it and, I can confirm, it was sharp .....