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Lockheed F-104B 4101, ROCAF, Ching Chuan Kang AB, 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
In 1958 the USAF 83rd FIS temporarily deployed F-104As and Bs to Taiwan. The RoCAF showed interest in these aircraft so 22 F-104As and 5 F-104Bs were transferred to the 8th TFS of the 3rd TFW based at Ching Chuan Kang (CCK). The first two F-104s (F-104B - 4101 and 4102) arrived on May 17, 1960. The F-104A and B stayed with the RoCAF until 1966 when they were shipped back to the U.S. who transferred them to Jordan and Pakistan. The F-104As and Bs were replaced with F-104Gs.
Specifications :
F-104B Crew: 2 (pilot/Co-pilot)
F-104A 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