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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

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The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was designed as a supersonic air-superiority fighter and first flew in 1954.  The Starfighter was the first aircraft to hold simultaneous official world records for speed, altitude and time-to-climb.

The U.S. Air Force purchased about 300 F-104s in both one and two-seat versions.  In addition, over 1,700 Starfighters were built for various nations including Canada, West Germany, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Taiwan and Japan.

Specifications (F-104C)





Type: Fighter
Engines: one 15,800 lb (6749 kg) thrust (with afterburner) General Electric J79-GE-7A turbojet
F-104: U.S. Air Force fighter
CF-104: built by Canadair
NF-104: high altitude test version
QF-104: drone version
RF-104: reconnaissance version
TF-104: trainer version

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