F-104 A/C Starfighter Taiwan

F-104 A/C Starfighter Taiwan

A piloted missile, the Lockheed F-104 A/C Starfighter

The Lockheed F-104 A/C Starfighter is a high-performance, single-engine, supersonic interceptor fighter. It was originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF). It was later licensed for production in other countries. It served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1969, and served in the National Guard until its retirement in 1975. NASA also operates a small hybrid fleet consisting of different versions of the F-104 A/C for supersonic flight testing and planning until 1994.

Model F-104G version underwent a number of modifications and won the NATO new fighter-bomber competition. Several two-seat trainer versions have also been produced, of which the most numerous is the TF-104G. The latest development version of the basic F-104 fighter is the F-104S all-weather interceptor produced by Aeroitalia for the Italian military forces, equipped with the AIM-7 Sparrow radar-guided missile. In the end, a total of 2,578 Starfighters were built primarily by NATO members. The F-104 has served in the air forces of some 15 countries. Approximately 46 years after its introduction to the U.S. Air Force in 1958, it ended in May 2004 when it was retired from Italy.

Taiwanese Lockheed F-104 A/C Starfighter

Several F-104 Starfighter aircraft of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force clashed with aircraft of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Air Force) on the disputed Kinmen Island. On January 13, 1967, four F-104G aircraft of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force fought against the J-6 / MiG-19 formation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (Air Force) on the disputed Qemoy Island. Major Hu Shilin and Captain Shi Beipu each shot down a MiG-19 fighter. This marked the world’s first unmatched F-104A/C fighter victory. One F-104 did not return to base and its pilot was listed as MIA.

Lockheed F-104 A/C Starfighter designer Kelly Johnson said this particular battle illustrates the relative advantages and disadvantages of fast fighters in aerial combat. Kelly said, “We let them accelerate and make them at steady-state altitude, but we can’t rotate with them.” At the time, Kelly was developing a larger wing, more agile CL-1200 Lancer derivatives.

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