F-104S

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RANK 5 BRITAIN
Hunter FGA.9 PACK
F-104S Starfighter
f-104s.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
10.0/10.0/10.0BR
1 personCrew
24 tTake-off weight
13.17 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
16000 mCeiling
General Electric J79-GE-19Engine
JetType
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
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 1
7 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombSetup 2
7 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombSetup 3
3 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombSetup 4
1 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombSetup 5
76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rocketsSetup 6
8 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rocketsSetup 7
6 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 8
2 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missilesSetup 9
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
2 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missiles
Setup 10
6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombSetup 11
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
5 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 12
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
5 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 13
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
3 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 14
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
Setup 15
5 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 16
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 17
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
8 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 18
Economy
390000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1010000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png29000 / 42572/8580 / 12595/4300 / 6312Repair
290000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1010000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2600 Ge icon.pngAces
226 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
520 % Sl icon.png240 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the jet fighter F-104S. For other versions, see F-104 (Family).

Description

GarageImage F-104S.jpg


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

The F-104S is an Italian supersonic interceptor based off of the Lockheed F104 series. Being the final variant of the Starfighter family, it combines the best speed and payload of any F104. Making it a worthy ground attacker with tons of bombs and rockets of your choice. Or a deadly interceptor with a choice of 6 AIM9B's for aerial engagements.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 15,240 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,345 2,319 16000 34.5 34.7 225.6 216.8 850
Upgraded 2,431 2,387 33.5 34.0 297.3 260.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1527 546 N/A 833 444 ~12 ~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-19 1 6,850 kg 566 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 9m fuel 20m fuel 31m fuel
1,560 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 7,706 kg 8,752 kg 9,798 kg 24,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 9m fuel 20m fuel 31m fuel MTOW
Stationary 4,992 kgf 7,688 kgf 1.00 0.89 0.78 0.32
Optimal 5,044 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
10,253 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
1.33 1.17 1.05 0.43

Survivability and armour

The F-104S is not equipped with any armour plating, and is therefore rather vulnerable to enemy fire, especially given the fact that most enemies at this rank sport high-calibre cannons. Taking any critical damage in the F-104S will almost instantly cripple it, to the point where you will have to fly back to base, or be a sitting duck for the enemy team. Taking a critical hit to the fuselage will disable you so badly you won't be able to reach supersonic speeds, which is your greatest advantage The same goes for taking any sort of wing damage or tail damage, it will instantly result in a huge amount of drag on the air frame, reducing your already poor energy retention in maneuvers making you an easy target to pick off from afar and in effective gun range. Lastly, the engine is a massive target for guns and missiles alike. Having a slightly orange engine will effectively put you out of the fight. And with the already heavy weight of the F-104S, you require the engine power to stay in the fight. Reducing it's survivability and effectiveness to dust.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: M61 (20 mm)

The F-104S is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

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

  • Without load
  • 6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (1,500 lb total)
  • 7 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (3,500 lb total)
  • 7 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (5,250 lb total)
  • 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 8 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 6 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 2 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles
  • 2 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 5 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (2,500 lb total)
  • 5 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (3,750 lb total)
  • 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (3,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (2,000 lb total)
  • 5 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets (2,500 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 8 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets

Usage in battles

The F-104S does one thing extremely well: speed. This is the vehicle's greatest advantage, and can be used to great effect if the pilot is careful about choosing which engagements to pursue. It is recommended to keep up a high air-speed at all times, which will allow the F-104S to swoop in and out of the combat zone while evading enemies. Sometimes, it is even possible to outrun enemy air-to-air missiles.

However, the F-104S struggles with maneuverability. With such small wings, it simply can't produce the lift necessary to throw itself around the sky, and therefore has a very poor turning circle. This means that any turning engagement is most likely futile, and also reemphasizes the utility of a boom and zoom playstyle.

This vehicle also lacks in the weaponry department. Although it has an M61 (20 mm) Vulcan cannon, the only air-to-air missiles to which the plane has access is the AIM-9B. At this high battle rating, these early missiles are simply not enough to reliably destroy enemy targets. The best way to use them is to target only slow-moving enemies. There is one silver lining: since the plane is equipped with six of these missiles, the pilot has many chances to secure a kill using them. Even if the missiles under perform, their sheer number make up for that deficit.

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Compressor Fuselage repair Offensive 20 mm Mk81 LAU-3/A
II New boosters Airframe Mk82 LAU-10/A
III Wings repair G-suit New 20 mm cannons M117 Mk83 AIM-7E
IV Engine Cover RWR Mk84 AIM-9B

The most important modules to research are the Flight performance modifications and the AIM-9B air-to-air missiles. The Flight performance modifications capitalize on this vehicle's speed advantage, while the missiles greatly increase its ability to do damage to the enemy. Some modifications that may be saved for last are the G-suit, Offensive 20 mm, and New 20 mm cannons, as well as the modifications that allow the plane to equip bombs (provided, of course, that the pilot does not wish to use the vehicle in a ground attack role).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good top speed for its rank
  • Great rate of climb
  • Vulcan cannon can do some serious damage
  • Significantly wider variety of payload options than early F-104s
  • Decent high-speed manoeuvrability, in spite of its tiny wings
  • Good roll rate for a jet

Cons:

  • Lousy manoeuverability at low speeds
  • Bleeds off airspeed easily in sustained turns.
  • Only 750 rounds of cannon ammo; trigger discipline is a must

History

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Media

Videos

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Fiat Aviation (Fiat Aviazione)
Fighters  CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater
  CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
  G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7
  G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S
  G.56
Jet fighters  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 YS
  ▄F-86K*
  F-104S*
Bombers  BR.20 DR · B.R.20M M1
Export  J11
  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4 · G.91 R/4
Captured  ▀CR.42 · ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀G.50 serie 2 · ▀G.50 AS serie 7
  *Licensed
See also  North American Aviation · Lockheed Martin

Italy jet aircraft
Fiat  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 R/4 · G.91 YS
Foreign  ▄F-84G-21-RE · CL-13 Mk.4 · ▄F-86K · F-104S
  Vampire FB 52A