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West German F-104G Starfighter

8,366 GreatKhan  9 months ago

The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is an American single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft which became widely used as a fighter-bomber during the Cold War. Initially a day fighter, it was developed into an all-weather fighter in the late 1960s. It was originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF), but was later produced by several other nations, seeing widespread service outside the United States. One of the Century Series of fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. Its design team was led by Kelly Johnson, who contributed to the development of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Lockheed U-2, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, and other Lockheed aircraft.[3] The F-104 set numerous world records, including for both airspeed and altitude. Its success was marred by the Lockheed bribery scandals, in which Lockheed had given bribes to many foreign political and military figures to secure purchase contracts; this caused political controversy in Europe and Japan. The poor safety record of the Starfighter, especially in German Air Force (Luftwaffe) service, also brought the aircraft into the public eye. Fighter ace Erich Hartmann was put into early retirement from the Luftwaffe[4] due to his outspoken opposition to the selection of the F-104.[5] The final production version of the fighter model was the F-104S, an all-weather interceptor designed by Aeritalia for the Italian Air Force, and equipped with radar-guided AIM-7 Sparrow missiles. An advanced F-104 with a high-mounted wing, known as the CL-1200 Lancer, was considered, but did not proceed past the mock-up stage.

Top Speed - 1000MPH

2x Interceptor AAM

1x 20mm Gatling Cannon

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 17.9ft (5.5m)
  • Length 33.5ft (10.2m)
  • Height 10.8ft (3.3m)
  • Empty Weight 1,217lbs (552kg)
  • Loaded Weight 6,955lbs (3,155kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 4.846
  • Wing Loading 25.1lbs/ft2 (122.3kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 277.6ft2 (25.8m2)
  • Drag Points 1425

Parts

  • Number of Parts 129
  • Control Surfaces 8
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    24.5k Mustang51

    Not too bad! It feels a little stubby compared to the actual one but other than that the shape is pretty good. It does lack some details (insignias and such) that would make it stand out more though. Nevertheless, I like it a lot

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    @Warhammer55 I understand this, but it is 40% shorter than the real one, and the wings are only 10% less than irl, meaning the craft is equivalent in scaling to an F-16. And the top speed of the west german F-104G is closer to the 14-1500mph range, not barely faster than a Super Sabre

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    8,366 GreatKhan

    @LockheedLover Hey man I usually don't go for full realism with the facts, more of it to work in the game. 700mph is about level flight irl I do believe though.

    9 months ago
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    Great jet!
    Only a few issues.
    1. 22 feet shorter than it should be
    2. Wingspan in 20.0 ft, not 17.9
    3. Speed isn't right, should be closer to 1500mph

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    21.2k Tetrodotoxin

    also making my own F-104. Funny coincidence

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    @Warhammer55 try making a WW2 Japanese twin-engine heavy fighter?

    9 months ago
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    8,366 GreatKhan

    @Inuyasha8215 Thanks for spotlighting!

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    34.9k TrainDude

    @Warhammer55 you're welcome!

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    8,366 GreatKhan

    @TrainDude thanks for spotlight!

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    8,366 GreatKhan

    @Xeurith Thanks man! It took me at least 40 minutes to try and get the fuselage shape right, even then I see things wrong with it.

    9 months ago
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    366 Xeurith

    This is amazing! I've tried many times in the past to make an F-104, but I've never gotten it right. But this one, it's great! I like it very much. One thing I would add is maybe a camera where the custom cockpit is. You can't see very well with the default cockpit. But anyhow, great job!

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    @Warhammer55 No problem! I really like it.

    9 months ago
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    8,366 GreatKhan

    @wonkapilot Thanks bro

    9 months ago
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    First upvote and comment.

    +1 9 months ago