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The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft which later became widely used as an attack aircraft. It was originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF), but became widely used by US Allies around the world, and produced by several other NATO nations. One of the Century Series of fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. Its design team was led by Kelly Johnson, who went on to lead or contribute to the development of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and other Lockheed aircraft.
The F-104 set numerous world records, including both airspeed and altitude records. Its success was marred by the Lockheed bribery scandals, in which Lockheed had given bribes to a considerable number of political and military figures in various nations in order to influence their judgment and secure several purchase contracts; this caused considerable political controversy in Europe and Japan.
The poor safety record of the Starfighter also brought the aircraft into the public eye, especially in German Air Force service. Fighter ace Erich Hartmann was forced to retire from the Luftwaffe due to his outspoken opposition to selection of the F-104.
A mod aircraft called Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
WindowMaker. Built with 57 of the finest parts, its root part is Interceptor Cockpit.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.2.2.
- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 57
- Mods: 6
- B9 Procedural Wings Modified
- Kerbal Foundries2
- Squad (stock)
- Stock Extension
- TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
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