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March 25, 2016
 

This week in Edwards flight test history

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March 26, 1958: The first launch of the Zero Length Launch (ZEL) program, of an F-100D took place from a truck-mounted launcher. North American test pilot Albert W. Blackburn was at the controls. A follow-on to the ZELMAL program, ZEL was designed to launch tactical fighter planes after loss of their normal runways in wartime.




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Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit

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Air Force photograph by Christopher Okula

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