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F-104G Starfighter Marinefliegergeschwader 1, Schleswig, West Germany, 1977
General Background
The F-104 Starfighter was an military aircraft with revolutionary designs. It had short razor-sharp wings and was the first aircraft to be able to maintain Mach 2 not just in short bursts. This extremely high speed earned the plane the nickname “The Missile With A Man In It”. Because of financial considerations 15 or more countries purchased the F-104. The Starfighter flew with the USAF in 1958 and the last airplane was decommissioned in Italy in 2004.
The Aircraft
Germany received 916 F-104s, comprising 749 F/RF-104Gs, 137 TF-104Gs and 30 F-104Fs, forming the major combat equipment of both the Luftwaffe and Marineflieger. At its peak in the mid-1970s, the Marineflieger operated a further two wings of F-104s in the maritime strike and reconnaissance roles. The Marineflieger initially used AS.30 command guidance missiles as anti-ship weapons, but these were replaced with the more sophisticated and longer-ranged radar-guided AS.34 Kormoran missile, allowing stand-off attacks to be carried out against enemy ships.
Specifications :
First Flight: (XF-104) February 7, 1954
Crew: 1 pilot
Height: 13.50 ft (4.11 m)
Wingspan: 21.92 ft (6.68 m)
Wing Area: 196.1 ft2 (18.22 m2)
Length: 54.75 ft (16.69 m)
These aircraft were stripped of any military equipment in an effort to reduce weight
Empty: 14,082 lb (6,387 kg)
Max Takeoff: 28,779 lb (13,054 kg)
Fuel Capacity: Internal: 5,822 lb (2,641 kg)  /  External: 5,538 lb (2,512 kg)
Max Payload: 4,310 lb (1,995 kg)
Power plant: 1 X General Electric J79-19 turbojet
Thrust: 10,000 lb (44.5 kN) / 15,800 lb (70.28 kN) with afterburner
Max Level Speed: at altitude - 1,450 mph (2,335 km/h) at 36,000 ft (10,975 m), Mach 2.2  /  at sea level - Mach 1.2
Initial Climb Rate: 50,000 ft (15,239 m)/min
Service Ceiling: 58,000 ft (17,680 m)  /  90,000 ft (27,430 m) zoom ceiling
Range: typical - 260 nm (480 km) with max payload  /  ferry - 1,576 nm (2,920 km)