F-104 Starfighter

XB-70 pilot recalls when his Valkyrie crashed after an F-104 chase plane collided with its vertical stabilizer

XB-70 pilot recalls when his Valkyrie crashed after an F-104 chase plane collided with its vertical stabilizer

The XB-70 Valkyrie The futuristic XB-70 Valkyrie was originally conceived in the 1950s as a high-altitude, nuclear strike bomber that… Read More

3 weeks ago

The story of why the German Air Force and German Navy dubbed the F-104 Starfighter “Widow Maker”

The F-104 Starfighter Designed as a supersonic superiority fighter, the F-104 Starfighter was produced in two major versions. Armed with… Read More

4 months ago

Photos show Wright-Patterson AFB and US Air Force Museum damaged by tornado

Wright-Patterson AFB and US Air Force Museum damaged by tornado On Feb. 28, 2024 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio,… Read More

4 months ago

Big Eye protectors: the story of the F-104 Starfighter missions flown to protect EC-121D Warning Star aircraft during the Vietnam War

The F-104 Starfighter in the Vietnam War A primary role for the F-104 Starfighter in Southeast Asia was the protection… Read More

7 months ago

The story of when US Navy F-14s and Italian F-104s Clashed Over Egyptian Boeing 737 Carrying Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers

Italian liner MS Achille Lauro hijacked On Oct. 1, 1985 Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-15 fighter-bombers destroyed the PLO HQ… Read More

9 months ago

Before the D-21 the A-12 had to be used as carrier for the Starfighter. The story of the M-21/QF-104 that never was.

By 1962 Kelly Johnson had done at least a few studies on using the A-12 as a carrier for a… Read More

1 year ago

Retired USAF fighter pilot who never had the chance to fly the F-104 explains why, despite the Starfighter many problems, he would love to fly the Zipper

‘For all the bad-mouthing the F-104 has received in the past, if I had the money (and my wife would… Read More

1 year ago

Never underestimate your enemy: US Navy A-7 pilot recalls the mock dogfight he had against a Danish F-104 flying low and fast

‘I had the opportunity, in the late 70’s to tangle with an F-104 (Danish) down low and going pretty fast,… Read More

1 year ago

Luftwaffe F-104G Starfighter pilot describes a Simulated Nuclear Strike Mission

‘I identify the target on radar for a LADD attack [‘toss bombing’] and actuate the Run-in Timer according my radar… Read More

1 year ago

Starfighters Aerospace to send an F-104 to 100th Anniversary of the Italian Air Force

Starfighters Aerospace (the US company that today operates the world’s only fleet of flight-ready F-104 supersonic aircraft) accepted an invitation… Read More

1 year ago

Starfighters Aerospace to send two Lockheed F-104 fighter jets to 100th Anniversary of the Italian Air Force

The iconic F-104 Starfighter was officially retired from Italian Air Force service in October 2004. Designed by Lockheed’s ace engineer… Read More

1 year ago

Former F-104 Pilots explain why despite the Starfighter many limitations they loved flying the Zipper

Despite the Starfighter shortcomings, the pilots who flew the F-104 fell in love with it. The Lockheed F-104 was the… Read More

1 year ago

The True Story of Chuck Yeager’s NF-104 Ejection featured in the Famous Sequence of The Right Stuff Movie

Chuck Yeager’s NF-104 ejection took place while he was attempting to set a new altitude record at the edge of… Read More

2 years ago

F-104 Starfighter Pilot tells the story of when he and his Wingman scored five Simulated Kills against an F-15B Eagle in a Single Training Mission

“The result was the two Fox-1s and three unobserved gun kills by us. They had no valid shots,” Andy Bush,… Read More

2 years ago

Remembering the Lockheed XF-90 “penetration fighter,” the precursor of the F-104 Starfighter that was featured on the cover of the comic book Blackhawk

The Lockheed XF-90 “penetration fighter” was the first US-built, swept-wing jet to be equipped with afterburners and wingtip fuel tanks… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the F-104 had not been the only “Widow Maker?” During the Cold War the MiG-19, MiG-21 and F-100 had high accident rates too

The F-104 was not the only fighter aircraft to have a high accident rate during the Cold War. The first… Read More

2 years ago