The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft which later became widely used as an attack aircraft. 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.
The F-104 set numerous world records, including both airspeed and altitude records.
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- Wingspan 21.4ft (6.5m)
- Length 57.6ft (17.6m)
- Height 15.8ft (4.8m)
- Empty Weight 13,998lbs (6,349kg)
- Loaded Weight 29,026lbs (13,166kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 1.161
- Wing Loading 53.6lbs/ft2 (261.7kg/m2)
- Wing Area 541.6ft2 (50.3m2)
- Drag Points 4766
- Number of Parts 205
- Control Surfaces 8