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LOCKHEED F-104 Starfighter

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Name F-104 Starfighter
Manufacturer LOCKHEED
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Mid wing
Tail T-tail
WTC Medium
Type code L1J
Engine Jet
Engine count Single
Position In fuselage
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 3

Manufacturered as:

CANADAIR F-104 Starfighter
CANADAIR Starfighter
CANADAIR CF-104 Starfighter
CANADAIR CL-201 Starfighter
CANADAIR CL-90 Starfighter
LOCKHEED L-583 Starfighter
LOCKHEED L-683 Starfighter
LOCKHEED Starfighter
LOCKHEED RF-104 Starfighter
LOCKHEED TF-104 Starfighter
LOCKHEED F-104 Starfighter

LOCKHEED F-104 Starfighter

LOCKHEED F-104 Starfighter LOCKHEED F-104 Starfighter 3D


The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF). One of the Century Series of aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004.

Technical Data

Wing span 6.36 m20.866 ft <br />
Length 16.66 m54.659 ft <br />
Height 4.09 m13.419 ft <br />
Powerplant 1 x General Electric J79-GE-11A afterburning turbojet
Engine model General Electric J79

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS 270 kts IAS 350 kts IAS 350 kts MACH 1 TAS 1100 kts MACH 1.8 IAS 360 kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) 180 kts
Distance m ROC 48000 ft/min ROC 40000 ft/min ROC 35000 ft/min ROC 25000 ft/min MACH 2 ROD 35000 ft/min ROD 15000 ft/min MCS 220 kts Distance m
MTOW 1406014,060 kg <br />14.06 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL500 ROD ft/min APC
WTC M Range 365365 nm <br />675,980 m <br />675.98 km <br />2,217,782.154 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving F104

None on SKYbrary