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The Fantastic F-104 "Starfighter"
Transcript of The Fantastic F-104 "Starfighter"
The F-104 "
" is a remarkable Century Series fighter, in it's record-breaking speeds and climb rates. It may not have scored many recorded kills in USAF service, but that does not make it a bad war plane necessarily.
" was made by the Lockheed company, under Clarence "
" Johnson, chief designer of the project. He started the project due to F-86 "
" pilots wanting superior preformance in an aircraft.
Lockheed starts plans for a new plane that has a lightweight airframe with a very powerful engine.
The resulting plans would be the basis for the F-104
Working out the bugs
17 pre-production YF-104A variants were built to "fulfill testing roles of the problematic system aboard the F-104 and iron out some resolutions before production would commence.
The USAF gave Lockheed the contract for the construction of 2 XF-104s in '53, and then were made available for first flight in '54 in February.
The F-104A were out and available for deliveries. Once out, it set many records in it's first year of production, including speed and altitude,
Use of the F-104
During this time period, the F-104 served in many armies in it's time of service, and has flown under symbols such as the FIAT symbol from Italy. The last airforce it flown in was in Italy. It's service was halted in 2004.
International Service (NATO countries in Europe and Asia)
Pakistan Air Force
USAF AIR DEFENSE COMMAND
Performance in Air Forces worldwide
The design of the "Starfighter" was thought up in 1952, and the contract to make the prototype (XF-104A) was approved in 1953. It was to be built with a General Electric 79 Turbojet, but due to it not being available for the "Starfighter", the two prototypes were instead fitted with Wright XJ65-W-6 series engine.
As 4 years of development programs went on for the "Starfighter", at least 17 YF-104A prototype craft were created to test problematic and iron out any resolutions before being produced in 1958, dubbed the F-104A. By then, the General Electric J79 engines were put in to the aircraft.
Upon being released, it had set a record for sustained flight past Mach 2 (Twice the speed of sound. It had set world speed records (F-104A - 1,404.19 miles) and altitude records (F-104A - 91,243 feet [May 18th, 1958]/ F-104C - 103,389 feet). It is the first aircraft to go up to 100,000 feet under it's own power.
Quickly phased out due to it's high loss
rate in the Vietnam war, at a total loss of
14 F-104s in all causes, without scoring
a single kill in the war.
During the India-Pakistan War, it had 7 casualties,but scored 3 kills, 2 of which are disputed by Indian sources
The F-104 served in many countries (Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada). The Lockheed Bribery scandal caused controversy in Europe, where one claim says that Germany recieved 10 million USD in bribes.
Republic of China (Taiwan)
The Nations that used the F-104