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Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter 13028/TF-028, Turkish Air Force
General Background
The F-104 Starfighter was the first aircraft to be able to maintain Mach 2 not just in short bursts. The Starfighter shattered speed and rate of climb records that still are impressive today. This extremely high speed earned the plane the nickname “The Missile With A Man In It”. The F-104 was operated by approximately 15 countries. The Starfighter first flew with the USAF in 1958 and the last airplane was decommissioned in Italy in 2004.
The Aircraft
Lockheed TF-104G 61-3028 was delivered to the Turkish Air Force under the MAP (Military Assistance Program) in 1963. It was one of six TF-104Gs that were newly built and delivered directly from either Lockheed or Canadair and assigned to 4AJU at Murted. The aircraft eventually went to 9AJU Balikesir AB and was in service until 1987 when it was withdrawn from service and stored at Eskisehir until it was scrapped in 1989. Turkey had acquired over 400 Starfighters and retired the last F-104 in 1995.
Role: all-weather multi-role fighter-bomber
Production: 1,122
Crew: 1
Role: combat-capable trainer version of F-104G
Production: 220
Crew: 2
Normal Performance:
Engine: 1 x General Electric J-79 of 15,600 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Increased Internal Fuel Capacity :
Maximum speed: 1,320 mph
Cruising Speed : 575 mph
Combat Radius: 420 mi
Ferry Range: 1,630 mi
Service Ceiling: 58,000 ft
Rate Of Climb: 48,000 ft/min
Span: 21 ft. 11 in
Length: 54 ft. 10 in
Height: 13 ft. 6 in
Empty: 14,000 lbs
Loaded: 20,640 lbs
Maximum Takeoff: 29,027 lbs
Armament :
F-104G: 1 x M-61 20mm M61 Vulcan 6-barrel cannon
Hardpoints : 7 x capable of carrying a maximum 4,000 lbs of stores
Located : 2 x wing-tip launch rails for AIM-9 Sidewinder or similar missiles
4 x 2 under each wing
1 x under-fuselage center-line pylon
TF-104G: No cannon or centerline pylon
Reduced internal fuel