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F-104C Starfighter

81.3k ReinMcDeer  1.2 years ago

Lockheed F-104C Starfighter Version 2.5
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The F-104 Starfighter was the first aircraft capable of sustained mach 2 flight and the first to simultaneously hold the record for speed, altitude, and climb rate. The Starfighter’s minimal cross section and thin, stubby wings made it optimized for high-speed interception. However, the lack of space for internal fuel necessitated external tip tanks for longer missions. The design also had unfavorable flight characteristics at more than 10 degrees AOA, which could lead to unrecoverable spins. As a result, the Starfighter had high accident rates in international service.

The F-104 was operated by several nations other than the United States, including Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, and Italy, which was the last country to retire the F-104 in 2004. It also received many, sometimes unfortunate, nicknames, including “Zip-Zilch” (Zero-Zero), “Zipper,” “Erdnagel” (Ground Nail), “Witwenmacher” (Widowmaker), “Eiko” (Glory), and “Lawn Dart.” Read more...


Features

  • Auto aileron trim (simulated pilot)
  • G-limiter (+7, -3.5, simulated pilot)
  • Nuclear munitions
  • Uses WBD V2.10.8

Specifications
Country of Origin: United States
Role: Inteceptor
Crew: 1
Powerplant: 1x J79-GE-7a (44 kN dry, 69 kN w/ afterburner)
Fuel: ~35 min w/ military power
Armament: 1x M61A1 Vulcan (725 rpg)
Livery: Std. USAF Unpainted/white/blue


Configurations
Def.Config Interception
2x AIM-9B Sidewinder

Alt.Config.1 Interception, Extended range, Late configuration
2x Tip tank (+~30 min), 2x AIM-9B Sidewinder

Alt.Config.2 CAS, Dumb bombs
2x AIM-9B Sidewinder, 2x Mk82 LDGP

Alt.Config.3 Nuclear bomber
2x Tip tank (+~30 min), 1x B43 Mod 0

Cln.Config. Clean
N/A


Author’s Notes

  • Controls included in craft instructions.
  • Unstable at low speed and when initially pitching.
  • Landing is quite difficult. Take a shallow approach with a low descent rate and low AOA.

XML Changelog

  • 03/16/2024 V2.5: Updated to WBD V2.10.8.
  • 08/23/2023 V2.4: Updated to WBD V2.5.4.
  • 03/12/2023 V2.3: Added lookBackTranslation to cockpit camera. Slight changes to flight model. Added leading edge flaps. Extended red stripe to tail. Affects all configurations.
  • 02/23/2023 V2.2: Fixed elevator FT on Alt.Config.2.
  • 02/20/2023 V2.1: Corrected nose gear bay door shape. Changed position of stations 3/5. Affects all configurations.
  • 02/19/2023 V2.0 Initial Release

In-Game Name: [RD G4] F-104C

General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 23.9ft (7.3m)
  • Length 54.7ft (16.7m)
  • Height 12.8ft (3.9m)
  • Empty Weight N/A
  • Loaded Weight 19,674lbs (8,924kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 0.777
  • Wing Loading 64.4lbs/ft2 (314.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 305.4ft2 (28.4m2)
  • Drag Points 543

Parts

  • Number of Parts 266
  • Control Surfaces 8
  • Performance Cost 1,435
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    5,128 TheAviator77

    @ReinMcDeer You're welcome

    one month ago
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    81.3k ReinMcDeer

    @TheAviator77 Thanks for the correction

    one month ago
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    5,128 TheAviator77

    No, the F-104 was the first aircraft capable of sustained speeds at Mach 2.

    one month ago
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    154 friedzod

    Awesome, fast and stabile plane, reached 20M with no issue with adj engines.

    one year ago
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    Ok then

    one year ago
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    81.3k ReinMcDeer

    @Carsonkiddy2 RPG=Rounds Per Gun

    one year ago
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    On the "Armament" bit, on M61A1 it says 725 RPG, did you mean to put RPM?

    one year ago
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    @ReinMcDeer ikr!?
    Yeah, true 😂
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    But being able to fly into suborbital space? Showing it off at all the airports that can hold it? Hell yeah 😂
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    Probably be easier to have a joint ownership of it though

    one year ago
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    81.3k ReinMcDeer

    @TheSonOfThunder Yo that's not bad
    Maintenance and fuel will easily make that way more expensive though

    +1 one year ago
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    Forgot to upvote this beauty a while ago!! This is sick!
    I saw one for sale on PlatinumFighters for $600,000. My god I wish I had $600,000 lmao

    +1 one year ago
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    81.3k ReinMcDeer

    @donkski Something was wrong with the FT. It should be fixed now.
    Thanks for letting me know

    +1 1.1 years ago
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    251k WinsWings

    beautiful beautiful

    +1 1.1 years ago
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    1,376 DerPanzer262

    @ReinMcDeer see??? even i cant remember the title thx for reminding me

    1.1 years ago
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    6,035 cya

    Noticed a possible bug with the CAS version but the tail plane doesn’t pitch up at the same angle as the other variants and it causes the plane to have a 250 knot takeoff speed, is there a reason to it?

    1.2 years ago
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    81.3k ReinMcDeer

    @DerPanzer262 The Right Stuff?

    +1 1.2 years ago
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    Does the color of the sky mean anything, special to you?

    1.2 years ago
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    1,376 DerPanzer262

    this reminds me that film titled "The Good Stuff" or smth i forgot the exact title

    1.2 years ago
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    19.5k Graingy

    I sure do love living
    I sure do hope that this plane won't stop me from doing my favorite thing, living

    +1 1.2 years ago
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    270 S1lly

    Gotta love the flying pencil

    +2 1.2 years ago
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    @ReinMcDeer amazing work!

    +1 1.2 years ago
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    48.4k EngieWeeb

    @Kangy I did the clicky
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    Do I ded nao :0:0:0:0

    1.2 years ago
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    48.4k EngieWeeb

    @ReinMcDeer I believe this is true, but given the ground clearance (or lack of) the USAF didn't use it that often if at all - the bomber mafia would certainly turn their nose up at this spiffy little hot rod fighter being used as...a fighter. :0
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    I believe other nations did use those launchers on their Starfighters more regularly however.

    +2 1.2 years ago
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    13.8k Kangy

    @Ded clicky

    1.2 years ago
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    7,770 WhoflerMan

    I love the supersonic minigun pencil!

    1.2 years ago
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    23.5k SPairforce

    YES! the flying lawn dart has been posted.

    1.2 years ago
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