Lockheed F-104 Starfighter (Crowood Aviation Series) by Martin W. Bowman

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By Martin W. Bowman

The tale of a "missile with a guy in it." Lockheed's Mach 2 interceptor served internationally for greater than 30 years. Bowman finds the layout, construction and lengthy occupation of this extraordinary and infrequently misunderstood aeroplane. an excellent addition to the Crowood Aviation sequence. beautifully illustrated!

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Four F-I 04B were given to the Republic of China Air Force (Ro AF) on Formosa (Taiwan), and eight were received by jordan. In December 1959 one F-l04B (53-l303) was given to ASA. l; some airplanes 39 glide slope antenna 35 36 37 38 m 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 39 ,567 3 m b 13 910 \.... • 38 37 30 35 3... ,----18 CUTAWAY VIEW OF F-l040. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 radar forward electronics compartment aft electronics compartment air-conditioning package stabilizer power control assembly rudder power control assembly aileron power control assembly tip tank pylon tank aerial refuelling probe F-104C-LO (Model 483-04-05) A total of 77 F-104Cs (56 F-l04 -5s 56883/938, and 21 F-14C-IOs, 57-910/930) all-weather, fighter-bomber variants wa ordered by Tactical Air Command.

Rungsgeschwadem (Tactical Photoreconnaissance units) - AG51 '101mclmann', comprising 511 and 512 Staffeln at lngolstadt/Manching and AG52, made up of 521 and 522 Staffeln at Leck - also received the F-I04G Stalfighter. In addition, the Starfighter also equipped Luftwaffenversorgungsregimem 1 - Kommando F104 at Erding, and a second Staffel was F-104G Starfighters undergoing maintenance at Manching. Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace 63 G FOR GER IA Y G FOR GERMA Y (Left) F-104G JA+109 of Jagdgeschwader (Interceptor unitllJGI71 'Richthofen'.

Tom Perfili died flying a Luftwaffe F-I04G Starfighrer on 2 May 1964 In the presence of Ins/)e/aew de Luftwaffe, General Josef Kammhuber, rhe first F-I04Gs bu ill' by Lockheed were handed over to rhe Bundeswehr in August 1961. (Kammhuber was famous in the Second World War for establishing rhe nighr fighter division and rhe 'Kammhuber line'. Kammhuber developed an efficient ground-conrrolled inrerceprion (GCI) technique called Dunkelnachtjagd, larer Himmelbett, which lirerally rranslated, is 'bed of heavenly bliss' or 'four-poster bed').

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