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F-104 Starfighter: Lockheed's Sleek Cold War Interceptor (Legends of Warfare: Aviation #65) (Hardcover)

F-104 Starfighter: Lockheed's Sleek Cold War Interceptor (Legends of Warfare: Aviation #65) By David Doyle Cover Image
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This is book number 65 in the Legends of Warfare: Aviation series.

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Lockheed developed the F-104 Starfighter in the late 1950s. The plane was designed to be an all-weather interceptor. Speed, climb, and altitude all were priorities, and the plane did turn out to be extraordinarily fast, but there were costs associated with that top speed: low-speed handling and landing characteristics in particular. The plane had a relatively short service life with the US Air Force but remained on duty with several large NATO allies for decades. Particularly when deployed abroad, the Starfighter acquired a reputation for being difficult to fly and compiled an alarming accident rate. Today there are many examples of this pretty aircraft on display in museums, and they have proved unusually prolific as base "gate guards." This is a comprehensive photographic survey of the Starfighter, with dedicated chapters on prototype versions and the A, B, C/D, G, N, Canadian CF-104, Japanese F-104J, and F-104S models.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780764367861
ISBN-10: 0764367862
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication Date: December 15th, 2023
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Legends of Warfare: Aviation