The F-104 "Starfighter", built by Lockheed, was designed as a supersonic superiority fighter. The F-104 was
produced in two major versions: Armed with a six-barrel
M-61 20mm Vulcan cannon it served as a tactical fighter
and, equipped additionally with heat-seeking Sidewinder
missiles, as a day-night interceptor. Development of the
F-104 began in 1952 and the first XF-104 made its initial
flight in 1954. On May 18, 1958, an F-104A set a world
speed record of 1,404.19 mph, and on December 14, 1959, an F-104C set a world altitude record of
103,395 feet. The Starfighter was the first aircraft to hold simultaneous official world records for speed,
altitude and time-to-climb.
The USAF procured about 300 Starfighters in one- and two-seat versions. In addition, more than 1,700
F-104's were built in the U.S. and abroad under the military aid program for various nations including
Canada, West Germany, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, Spain,
Taiwan and Japan.
Source and Link: U.S.A.F. Museum.
(Scale: 1/32, Length: 20.5", Wing Span: 8 7/8")