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Lockheed F-104C 56-0886, 479th TFW, Da Nang AB, 1965
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-104C Starfighter 56-0886 was produced in 1956 c/n 383-1174. The 479th TFW sent 28 F-104Cs to Da Nang Air Base in April 1965. The 476th TFS from April 19, 1965 until July 11, 1965 the 436th TFS, which included 56-0886 “Fannie”, operated from July 12, 1965 until October 12, 1965. When the 435th TFS took over until December 20, 1965 F-104C 56-0886 was transferred to them. These aircraft performed combat air patrols protecting EC-121 Warning Stars and later air-to-ground missions. The 479th TFW flew 506 missions accumulating 1,707 flying hours.
Specifications :
Span: 21 ft. 11 in.
Length: 54 ft. 10 in
Height: 13 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 27,853 lbs. max
Armament: One M-61 20mm cannon, two air-to-air missiles: nuclear or conventional bombs
Empty: One General Electric J-79 of 15,800 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Crew: One
Cost: $1,471,000 (1950 & early 60's dollars)
Normal Performance:
Maxium Speed: 1,320 mph.
Cruising Speed: 576 mph.
Range: 1,250 miles
Service Ceiling: 58 000 ft