Tag: F-104G

Interesting video shows the restoration of IrAF MiG-25 Foxbat found buried in the sand during Operation Iraqi Freedom
The available technology and know-how just couldn’t keep up: by the time the MiG-23 ‘had to enter series production’, it was incomplete, and its weapons system not ready either. The Soviets couldn’t cope with US-led high-tech race and the emergence of micro-technologies… Concluding this ‘write-up’ here is the first part of an analysis...
The Libyan Scud Attack on Lampedusa and the Italian Retaliation against Gaddafi that never was
As one of the final parts of preparation for the Italian retaliation against Libya, a single Italian Air Force RF-104G reconnaissance fighter should have made a high-speed dash over Tripoli, collecting up-to-date intelligence, at an unknown date… The Libyans were deeply shocked by the US air strikes on Tripoli and Benghazi. Bulgarian Ambassador...
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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