The Right Stuff
'What is it,' asked Tom Wolfe, 'that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle...and wait for someone to light the fuse?' Arrogance? Stupidity? Courage? Or, simply, that quality we call 'the right stuff'?
The resulting masterpiece of a book that Tom Wolfe came up with is a monument to the men who worked on the cutting edge of technology, pushing the boundaries of flight and aerospace. But at a cost: the American golden age of aerospace and early space exploration took the lives of countless daring test-pilots and astronauts during their daring endeavors pushing the limits.
Although the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was not part of these early days of aeronautical pioneering, it was a revolutionary machine nonetheless. Setting unbelievable speed and altitude records until the SR-71 Blackbird became operational.
More rocket than airplane, the Starfighter is a legend in it's own right.