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Starfighter 4 Eagle 0: that time two F-104s scored four simulated kills against an F-15B in a single training mission
The debriefing was a hoot. I especially liked the part where the Eagle guy played his recorder and we heard the backseater say "Break, we just got gunned again"! The Lockheed F-104 was the first operational fighter capable of sustaining speeds above Mach 2. Thanks to this ability the...
The Lockheed Lancer: the Super Starfighter that never was
The Lockheed Lancer could have outperformed most of the fighters then serving in the world's air forces Designed as a supersonic air superiority fighter, the F-104 Starfighter was a technological marvel when it first took to the sky in the 50s. Armed with a six-barrel M-61 20mm Vulcan cannon, it served as a tactical fighter, and when equipped additionally with heat-seeking...
The Starfighter got off to a very bad start in Germany when, in Jun. 1962, four F-104s were practicing for the type's "introduction-into-service" display and crashed in formation, killing all four pilots The first futuristic-looking F-104 Starfighter flew in early 1956 and with its long circular fuselage, sharply pointed nose, and tiny, thin wings, it looked every inch the best...

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