Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - WarbirdTech Vol 38

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - WarbirdTech Vol 38

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The F-104 Starfighter was one of the most successful and prolific jet fighters of the late '50s and early '60s - and one of the most beautiful. It was the first production Mach 2 aircraft, and it rewrote the performance books for speed, altitude and time to climb. Aircraft enthusiasts called it qthe missile with a man in itq. After its initial flight in 1954, the F-104 program produced more than 2, 500 aircraft, making it one of the largest military aircraft programs ever. F-104s flew for the US and many NATO allies, and were eventually produced under license in Canada, Japan, and several European countries. In fact, Italy is still flying updated F-104s in 2003. This book covers this revolutionary aircraft's design and development, its weapons and other systems, and all 18 models of the F-104, complete with photos of each variant. NASA-modified research craft are also discussed, along with several formerly classified programs based on the F-104. Author Jim Upton was one of the F-104 program's flight test engineers, so he knows the aircraft and the people involved. Includes a foreword by Dick Heppe, retired president of Lockheed California, and chief aerodynamicist of the F-104.From 1964 onwards, two naval attack wings replaced their Hawker Sea Hawks with 100 F-104Gs in four squadrons, each of 18 aircraft armed with AS-34 Kormoran anti-ship missiles. ... The WGAF had over 900 F-104s, the largest number of F-104s in any air force. ... Initially there was no manual control to close the nozzle.

Title:Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - WarbirdTech Vol 38
Author: Jim Upton
Publisher:Specialty Press - 2003-09-05

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