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F-20 Tigershark
California Science Center
Los Angeles, CA


F-20

This is the F-20 Tigershark on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA. The museum is located just south of downtown Los Angeles just off of the I-110 freeway in Exposition Park. This is the sole surviving Tigershark. The other two prototypes were lost in crashes, while a fourth airframe was never completed.

The F-20 was displayed hanging from the ceiling of the museum along a wall. Part of the plane was in direct sunlight, the rest of in shade. There were a number of other items hanging nearby. As a result, it was nearly impossible to get a photo of the Tigershark. This one is the best of the bunch that I took that day, but even this one shows some sun leaking into the side of my lens in the form of a red spot on the image. Due to a wall being at my back, I couldn't get any further from the airplane. Despite having a short range 28mm lens, I still had to tilt the camera at an angle to fit the entire aircraft into the image.

The photo above is from the mid-1990s, while the photo below is from early 2011. We see that the F-20 is now hanging upside down from the ceiling of the museum.

F-20

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