Lockheed F-104D Starfighter

A picture of the Lockheed F-104D Starfighter

The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was the first operational interceptor capable of sustained speeds above Mach 2.  Design work began in 1952 and the first test flights were flown in 1954.  The F-104 was intended as a short-range point defense fighter with both single and two seat versions.  The Starfighter was extensively exported and built under license in Canada, Europe, and Japan.  The F-104D model is a two seat fully combat-capable trainer built for use by the U.S. Air Force's Tactical Air Command between November 1958 and September 1959.  A total of 21 were built.  To make room for the second seat the F-104D gave up its internal gun but was given an enhanced ground strike capability and in-flight refueling.

Wingspan

21 ft 11 in.

Length

54 ft 9 in.

Height

13 ft 6 in.

Weight

24,388 (loaded)

Maximum Speed

Mach 2

Service Ceiling

57,500 ft

Range

1,388 miles

Engine

General Electric J79-GE-7 with 15,800 pounds of thrust

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Lockheed

Markings
156th Tactical Fighter Group, Puerto Rico Air National Guard, San Juan International Airport, Puerto Rico, 1974

Designation
F-104D

Serial Number
57-1323

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