Lockheed F-104A 'Starfighter'


  Base model:F-104
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter

  Length: 54' 8" 16.6 m
  Height:13' 5" 4.0 m
  Wingspan: 21' 9" 6.6 m
  Wingarea: 196.1 sq ft 18.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 13,384 lb 6,071 kg
  Gross Weight: 17,988 lb 8,159 kg
  Max Weight: 25,840 lb 11,271 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: General Electric J79-GE-3B (A/B 14,800Lb/6,713Kg)
  Thrust (each): 9,600 lb 4,354 kg

  Range: 730 miles 1,175 km
  Cruise Speed: 519 mph 835 km/h 451 kt
  Max Speed: 1,037 mph 1,669 km/h 902 kt
  Climb: 60,395 ft/min18,408 m/min
  Ceiling: 64,795 ft 19,750 m

1958/05/06United States Air Force,
Johnson, Howard
Maj. Howard Johnson set a new world altiture record for an operational aircraft. In a Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Maj. Johnson reached an altitude of 91,249 ft.
1958/05/16United States Air Force,
Irwin, Walter W.
Capt. Walter W Irwin established a new world speed record of 1,404.1 mph over the precision speed measuring course at Edwards AFB, CA., in a Lockheed F-104A Starfighter.
1958/12 United States Air Force,
An F-104A piloted by Lt. Einar K. Envoldson of the 538th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Larson AFB, WA., established a new time-to-climb record, reaching 82,020.8 ft in 4 minutes 26.03 seconds at NAS Point Mugu, CA.

Known serial numbers
56-0730 / 56-0736, 56-0737 / 56-0747, 56-0748 / 56-0763, 56-0764 / 56-0788, 56-0789 / 56-0825, 56-0826 / 56-0877 , 56-0878 / 56-0882

Examples of this type may be found at
Air Force Flight Test Center MuseumEdwards AFBCalifornia
Canada Aviation Museum+ttawaOntario
Cavanaugh Flight MuseumAddisonTexas
Dyess Linear Air ParkDyess AFBTexas
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
National Air and Space MuseumWashingtonDist of Col
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia
USAF AcademyUSAF AcademyColorado

F-104A on display

Air Force Flight Test Center Museum

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Dyess Linear Air Park

Museum of Aviation

National Air and Space Museum

Travis Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 James Price
 Kilmarnock, VA
Sometimes known as " a missle with a man in it", this aircraft had a system whereby bleed air from the engine was directed over the control surfaces during landings
04/29/2013 @ 03:55 [ref: 67771]
 Scott Truver
 Severna Park, MD
My dad, Curt Truver, flew 104s from 1957-59 (Westover AFB) and deployed to Formosa in 1958 in support of the Quemoy/Matsu crisis. On 7 April 2013 I drove past the Easton, Maryland, airfield and was surprised to see, parked away from the hangar, a 104A with tail number 60813. (I uploaded a picture separately.) If anyone has info on the aircraft, please send. My dad, at 84, still refers to the Starfighter as his favorite aircraft. (He also flew F-80, F-84, F-86D, F-100 and F-4 aircraft, among others.) Thanks!
04/17/2013 @ 05:39 [ref: 67738]
 Russell Berry
 Belleville, IL
I was very happy to see F104 tail number 60791, as it was the first 104 I ever saw for Armed Forces Day, at NAS Moffett Field, on May 1958. At the conclusion of the show, several visitors watched it take off, heading back to Hamilton AFB. Of course no performance in the F104 was complete without a high speed pass which it did with ease.
07/20/2010 @ 21:03 [ref: 28338]
 , OTH
If anyone would like to know where 56-0763 is now then please go to www.landspeed.com if anyone is not aware of its new home I think you may find this interesting
10/26/2007 @ 15:41 [ref: 18309]
 George E Davis Jr.
 Sequim, WA
More F104A numbers, my bird, no. 60-781 ( Road Runner ) 83rd FIS Hamilton AFB 1958. If you care to look, you can see it on the cover of Janes's American Fighting Aircraft of the 20th Century along with my wing man 1st Lt. Spike Maloncon in 60-769 over the Golden Gate bridge.
08/11/2004 @ 23:19 [ref: 8038]
 Alan Minyard
 , MS
The photo that I posted is actually a F-104C, not an A. I have
posted it in the correct page.


11/22/2000 @ 12:55 [ref: 1080]


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