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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter single-engine, supersonic interceptor attack aircraft

$ 139.95

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter single-engine, supersonic interceptor attack aircraft

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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter single-engine, supersonic interceptor attack aircraft Designed by Lockheed’s ace engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson to surpass the MiG-15 fighters that had stunned the aeronautical world in Korea, the F-104 Starfighter was something completely different: an inexpensive lightweight fighter with thin seven-foot wings, sharp as the blade of a dagger. It was not only capable of reaching Mach 2 speeds but was sturdy enough to weather any storm that loomed before it. In short, it was the perfect NATO warplane. For West Germany, May 9, 1955, proved to be a day of great celebration and grave concern. Officially, West Germany was now the newest member of NATO—and a critical defensive buffer between its allies in the west and the Soviet Bloc to the east—but in order to fulfill its obligations, it needed more than the outdated jet fighters on loan from the United States and Canada. Airplane manufacturers from across the globe sent proposals, but after German officials witnessed the flight of an aircraft already in production—the sleek, yet durable, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter—they instantly knew they had found the ideal plane. Initially Lockheed’s sole responsibility was to sell the design and assist West Germany in getting its F-104 program started, but when production overseas began running into delays, Lockheed stepped in to ensure a smoother production process. It sent experts to help West German engineers more efficiently translate Lockheed plans, technical orders, and unfamiliar parts into actual fighters. Then Lockheed ensured more dependable production cycles by developing a program called SURE (Starfighter Utilization Reliability Effort), which sent aerodynamicists, pilots, and service reps to troubleshoot issues as they arose. Lockheed would then launch specialized training programs funded entirely by the company to familiarize inexperienced German pilots with their new planes, drastically reducing the number of in-flight accidents. The NATO Warplane The collaboration between the German government and Lockheed was so successful that other foreign nations quickly followed suit, purchasing licensing rights for the aircraft over the ensuing decades. By 1980, when the last Starfighter was manufactured, some 14 countries—including Canada, Japan, Turkey, Italy, and Taiwan—had operated F-104s, using them in a multitude of roles, from interceptors and ground-attack aircraft to reconnaissance jets.

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