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Lockheed F-104A "4201" 56-0839, ROCAF, 1960
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
Lockheed F-104A coded 4201 was manufactured as c/n 183-1127 with a serial of 56-0893. In 1958 the USAF 83rd FIS deployed to Formosa (now Taiwan) in response to the second Taiwan Strait Crisis. It is believed that in 1960 and 1961 25 F-104As and 2 F-104Bs now coded 4201 - 4225 and 4101 – 4102 respectively were transferred to the ROCAF. In 1969 18 of the F-104As were transferred to Jordan including 4201 that now became 914L with 9 Squadron. The aircraft was wfu (withdrawn from use) in September 1969.
Specifications :
Crew: 1 (pilot)
Length: 54 ft 8 in
Height: 13 ft 5 in
Wingspan: 21 ft 9 in
Empty: 13,384 lb
Gross: 17,988 lb
Maximum: 25,840 lb
Engine: 1 X General Electric J79-GE-3B (thrust 9,600 )
Range: 730 miles
Cruise Speed: 519 mph
Climb Rate: 60,395 ft/min
Service Ceiling: 64,795 ft