F-104 Starfighter Units in Combat

F-104 Starfighter Units in Combat

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This title covers the technical characteristics of the F-104 Starfighter, one of the most widely-used and popular aircraft in history. Although built in small numbers for the USAF, the F-104C fought and survived for almost three years in Vietnam. There, it was engaged in some of the war's most famous battles including the legendary operation Bolo, where seven North Vietnamese MiGs were destroyed without the loss of a single US fighter. This small, tough and very fast fighter, dubbed 'The Missile with a Man in It', was called upon to do things it was not specifically designed for, and did them admirably. Featuring illustrations and photographs detailing the variety of nose-paint schemes and weapons configurations, this comprehensive appraisal of the F-104 Starfighter is ideal for modelling and aviation enthusiasts alike.For Starfighter pilots over Florida it proved to be a successful way of defeating missile-armed F-106As. Pilots also became very proficient in aerial gunnery through the use of towed dart targets, with good scores at ranges of up to 4000 ft being attained ... Cannon shells in early F-104As were fed into the aircrafta#39;s ammunition cans via a manually operated loader, without removing the cans from the fuselageanbsp;...

Title:F-104 Starfighter Units in Combat
Author:T. Bell, Peter Davies
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 2014-11-04


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