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December 20, 2013

NASA F/A-18 temporarily disappears from baseball stadium

The retired F/A-18A is carefully lifted off its pylon, it’s home for the past 17 years.

The retired NASA F/A-18A aircraft that has served as an iconic landmark in front of “The†Hangar” – the Lancaster Municipal Stadium†ó†in Lancaster, Calif., for the past 17 years, was demounted from its pylon in front of the stadium entrance Dec. 12 and transported overland to the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in nearby Palmdale for temporary storage.

The City of Lancaster is planning on refurbishing the exterior of the stadium and the mounting pylon in the near future, and that work required removal of the aircraft.

Originally an early-model developmental test aircraft flown by the Navy, the retired F/A-18A was flown as a mission support aircraft by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.†The airframe is on long-term loan to the City of Lancaster.

Weighing†about 16,300 pounds empty without its engines, landing gear,†avionics and†life support systems, the F/A-18 airframe†is scheduled to again be placed on display at the stadium entrance prior to the first Lancaster JetHawks California League baseball game in mid-April 2014.




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