LOCKHEED F-104 STARFIGHTER - Warbird Tech Seriew Vol. 38. by Jim Upton. The F-104 Starfighter was one of the most successful and prolific jet fighters of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and one of the most beautiful. It was the first production Mach 2 aircraft, and it rewrote the performance books for speed, altitude and time to climb. Aircraft enthusiasts called it ?the missile with a man in it.? After its initial flight in 1954, the F-104 program produced more than 2,500 aircraft, making it one of the largest military aircraft programs ever. F-104s flew for the US and many NATO allies, and were eventually produced under license in Canada, Japan, and several European countries. In fact, Italy is still flying updated F-104s in 2003.
This book covers this revolutionary aircraft?s design and development, its weapons and other systems, and all 18 models of the F-104, complete with photos of each variant. NASA-modified research craft are also discussed, along with several formerly classified programs based on the F-104.
Author Jim Upton was one of Lockheed's flight test engineers, so he knows the aircraft and the people involved. Includes a foreword by Dick Heppe, retired president of Lockheed California, and chief aerodynamicist of the F-104. 40 color photos, 250 black & white photos
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