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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Photo. Characteristics.
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Photo. Characteristics.

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Photo. Characteristics.


A type: Single-engine jet fighter and a double training aircraft

Crew: one pilot; two pilots, arranged one behind the other (aircraft TF-104)

The plane was designed by Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson after extensive conversations with the pilots of the US Air Force, returning from Korea in 1951 year. XF-104 «Starfighter» (Starfighter - Star Fighter) conquered all the usual requirements (in terms of maneuverability, weapons and flight duration) achieve superior flight characteristics. Get the maximum speed corresponding to M = 2,2, very impressive initial climb, the plane "Starfighter" to combine the power of the engine with afterburner J79 company "General Electric» (GE) and as thin as a razor blade, a wing (which created a small drag on the main modes).

With such a feature of the aircraft "Starfighter" I was at the limit of existing technologies. For example, because of the small thickness wing aileron actuators should have a thickness of 25,4 mm. This led to delays in the development of production aircraft. When he was released 1958 production aircraft F-104A Command Air Defense US Air Force, it was purchased only 153 instance. Later released tactical fighter modification C at 77 copies, and this modification is limited exploited over South Vietnam. Aircraft would suffer business failure, if in I960 the company "Lockheed" has not achieved huge sales of aircraft modification F-104G, with enhanced design and with a completely new equipment to NATO countries.

Following the German Air Force, who bought the planes 'Starfighter' for the application of tactical nuclear attack and photo-reconnaissance, air force seven European countries and Canada have acquired 1466 planes that were in operation prior to removing them from service in the early 1980-ies. However, Italy, Turkey and Greece also now exploit the shrinking number of aircraft F-104G. Japan and Taiwan are also using a significant number of aircraft "Starfighter".

Basic data


  • Length: 16,69 m
  • Wingspan: 6,86 m
  • Height: 4,11 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 6387 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 13 054 kg

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 2330 km / h
  • Flight range: 2220 km atdischarged external fuel tanks

Power point: J79-GE-11A company "General Electric» (General Electric)

Power: 70,28 kN thrust

Date of first flight:

  • 7 February 1954 year

The surviving airworthy modifications: F-104A, CF-104G / D and TF-104G


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