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Lockheed F-104C Starfighter

A Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, assigned to the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing.
Manufacturer: Lockheed
Model: F-104C Starfighter
Year: 1959
Span: 6.6294m / 22ft
Length: 16.6634m / 55ft
Height: 4.09042m / 13ft
Wing Area: 18.2084m² / 196ft²
Empty Weight: 5787.94kg / 12,760lbs
Gross Weight: 12634.1kg / 27,853lbs
Maximum Speed: 2123.88km/h
Cruise Speed: 820.59km/h / 510mph
Power Plant: One General Electric J79-GE-7A engine (with10,000 lbs thrust)
Range: 2413.5km / 1,500miles
Registration: N56-934
On Loan From: National Museum of the United States Air Force


Lockheed F-104C Starfighter

The F-104, America's first operational Mach 2 fighter, was built to counter the agile Soviet-built MiGs of the Korean War. The Starfighter, with its short wings and powerful General Electric J79-GE-7A engine, entered service with the U.S. Air Force in 1958 as an interceptor. By the Vietnam War, it had moved into a fighter-bomber role. Although phased out of U.S. front line service by 1969, the F-104 was immensely popular overseas. Throughout its long career, 2,578 Starfighters were produced, with well over half built under license in Canada, Europe, and Japan.

The Museum's F-104C was delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 1959. It flew from George Air Force Base in California, Moron Air Base in Spain, and the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base. This Starfighter is painted to represent a NASA F-104.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.