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"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
F-104C Starfighter
General characteristics
1 personCrew
24 tTake-off weight
13.17 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
17678 mCeiling
General Electric J79-GE-7aEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1527 km/hStructural
546 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm M61 cannonWeapon 1
750 roundsAmmunition
6000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombSetup 1
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rocketsSetup 2
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 3
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 4
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 5
390000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1010000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png37000 / 53169/8510 / 12228/5400 / 7759Repair
290000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1010000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2600 Ge icon.pngAces
226 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
620 % Sl icon.png240 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the jet fighter F-104C. For other versions, see F-104 (Family).


GarageImage F-104C.jpg

The F-104C Starfighter is a rank VI American jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/SB) and 10.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 10,668 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 2,098 2,073 17678 34.5 35.0 204.5 196.2 1,200
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1527 546 N/A 833 444 ~13 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 720 < 950 < 800 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic Mass Wing loading (full fuel)
General Electric J79-GE-7a 1 6,330 kg 519 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 33m fuel
1,540 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 7,130 kg 7,929 kg 8,729 kg 8,969 kg 24,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 33m fuel MTOW
Stationary 4,128 kgf 6,357 kgf 0.89 0.80 0.73 0.71 0.26
Optimal 4,128 kgf
(0 km/h)
8,391 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
1.18 1.06 0.96 0.94 0.35

Survivability and armour

In terms of armour, there is no armour on the F-104A. Since the F-104A relies on high speed, it wouldn't need armour as that would reduce the speed and maneuverability of the plane. The F-104A is a very long plane and it is not very maneuverable, making it a large, easy target for enemy guns. As such, the only characteristic that should be relied upon for survivability is the plane's speed. It is very quick, and as such is hard to catch. Of course, it's not quicker than a missile!

  • No Armor
  • Self-Sealing Fuel Tanks


Offensive armament

Main article: M61 (20 mm)

The F-104C is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm M61 cannon, -mounted (750 rpg)

Suspended armament

The F-104C can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (2,250 lb total)
  • 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (2,250 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Offensive 20 mm
II Compressor Airframe M117 AIM-9B
III Wings repair Engine New 20 mm cannons
IV G-suit Cover RWR LAU-3/A

Pros and cons


  • Good top speed, on par with the highest-tier aircraft
  • Great rate of climb; even the F-4 Phantom may struggle to match it
  • Good roll rate for a jet with tiny wings
  • Decent high-speed manoeuvrability
  • Powerful M61 Vulcan cannon can rip enemy aircraft to shreds
  • Much-improved selection of secondary ordinance over the F-104A


  • Lousy low-speed manoeuvrability
  • Bleeds energy easily in sustained turn fights
  • Limited afterburner in Arcade Battles
  • Only 750 rounds of cannon ammo; with such a high rate of fire, trigger discipline is a must


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See also

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Lockheed Corporation
Fighters  XP-38G · P-38E · P-38G-1 · P-38J-15 · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38K · P-38L-5-LO · YP-38
Bombers  B-34 · PV-2D
Jet Fighters  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
  F-104A · F-104C
Export / License  A-29 · ▄Hudson Mk V
  ␗F-104A · ▀F-104G · ␗F-104G · ▅F-104J · ▄F-104S
See Also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries · Fiat Aviation

USA jet aircraft
F-4  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II
F-80  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
F-84  F-84B-26 · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-35
F-89  F-89B · F-89D
F-104  F-104A · F-104C
F9F  F9F-2 · F9F-5 · F9F-8
FJ-4  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
Other  P-59A · F3D-1 · F2H-2 · F3H-2 · F11F-1 · F-100D
A-4  A-4B
B-57  B-57A · B-57B