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F-104 "Starfighter"

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F-104 Starfighter

The F-104D, a supersonic interceptor, was known as “a missile with a man in it.” The lightweight “Starfighter” first flew in February 1954. It could reach supersonic speed and climb as fast as it could fly horizontally. In April 1958, the F-104C set a speed record of 1,404 mph and an altitude record of 91,243 feet. This version of the “Starfighter” entered the Tactical Air Command (TAC) inventory in October 1958. The F-104D featured in-flight refueling, an advanced fire-control system, boundary layer control, and a new type of cannon (20mm Vulcan rotary). Several models of the F-104 are built and utilized by participating countries in the Military Assistance Program (MAP).

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: Lockheed
Wing Span: 21′ 11″
Length: 54′ 9″
Height: 13′ 6″
Empty Weight: 14,082 lbs.
Gross Weight: 23,590 lbs.
Quantity Produced: 726 (all models)
Speed: 1,450 mph
Range: 1,000+ miles
Service Altitude: 58,000 ft
Zoom Altitude: Over 90,000 ft
Power Plant: J-79 GE-7A, 30,000 lbs thrust (15,800 lbs with afterburner)
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