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{{Specs-Card|code=f-104g}}
 
 
{{About
 
{{About
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| about = German jet fighter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
 
| usage = other versions
 
| usage = other versions
 
| link = F-104 (Family)
 
| link = F-104 (Family)
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{{Specs-Card
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|code=f-104g
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|images={{Specs-Card-Image|GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg}}
 
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
{{Break}}
 
 
The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} German jet fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update "Starfighters"]].  It is often referred to as the "missile with a man in it" or the "widow maker", the latter nickname highlighting its questionable safety record in Luftwaffe use.
 
The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} German jet fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update "Starfighters"]].  It is often referred to as the "missile with a man in it" or the "widow maker", the latter nickname highlighting its questionable safety record in Luftwaffe use.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Flight performance ===
 
=== Flight performance ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Flight}}
 
<!-- ''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.'' -->
 
<!-- ''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.'' -->
 
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
 
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
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|-
 
|-
 
! Stock
 
! Stock
|2,343||2,317|| rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} ||34.5||35.1||230.5||222.5|| rowspan="2" | 850
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| 2,343 || 2,317 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || 34.5 || 35.1 || 230.5 || 222.5 || rowspan="2" | 850
 
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|-
 
! Upgraded
 
! Upgraded
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear !! Drogue chute
 
! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear !! Drogue chute
 
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|-
| || ✓ || ✓ || ✓ || ✓ || ✓    <!-- ✓ -->
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| X || ✓ || ✓ || ✓ || ✓ || ✓    <!-- ✓ -->
 
|-
 
|-
 
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
 
! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
 
|-
 
|-
| {{Specs|destruction|body}} || {{Specs|destruction|gear}} ||2,350||833||444|| ~13 || ~5
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| {{Specs|destruction|body}} || {{Specs|destruction|gear}} || N/A || 827 || 444 || ~12 || ~5
 
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|-
 
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|-
 
|-
 
| < 720 || < 950 || < 800 || N/A
 
| < 720 || < 950 || < 800 || N/A
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|-
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|}
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==== Engine performance ====
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Engine
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! colspan="5" | Aircraft mass
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|-
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! colspan="2" | Engine name || Number
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! colspan="2" | {{Annotation|Basic Mass|Mass of the aircraft with pilot and engine oil, but no fuel or weapons load}} || colspan="3" | Wing loading (full fuel)
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|-
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| colspan="2" | General Electric J79-GE-11 || 1
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| colspan="2" | 6,552 kg || colspan="3" | 532 kg/m<sup>2</sup>
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Engine characteristics
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! colspan="4" | Mass with fuel (no weapons load) || rowspan="2" | Max Takeoff<br />Weight
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|-
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! Weight (each) || colspan="2" | Type
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! 10m fuel || 20m fuel || 30m fuel || 33m fuel
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| 1,540 kg || colspan="2" | Afterburning axial-flow turbojet
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| 7,353 kg || 8,153 kg || 8,954 kg || 9,194 kg || 24,000 kg
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|-
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! colspan="3" | {{Annotation|Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB)|The maximum thrust produced by each engine, while mounted in the aircraft. NOTE: Thrust varies significantly depending on speed & altitude.}}
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! colspan="5" | Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
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|-
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! Condition || 100% || WEP
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! 10m fuel || 20m fuel || 30m fuel || 33m fuel || MTOW
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|-
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| ''Stationary'' || 4,128 kgf || 6,357 kgf
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| 0.86 || 0.78 || 0.71 || 0.69 || 0.26
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|-
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| ''Optimal'' || 4,128 kgf<br />(0 km/h) || 8,391 kgf<br />(1,200 km/h)
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| 1.14 || 1.03 || 0.94 || 0.91 || 0.35
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Armour}}
 
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=== Modifications and economy ===
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{{Specs-Economy}}
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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{{Specs-Avia-Armaments}}
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Offensive}}
 
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{{main|M61A1 (20 mm)}}
 
{{main|M61A1 (20 mm)}}
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
  
* 1 x 20 mm M61A1 cannon, -mounted (750 rpg)
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* 1 x 20 mm M61A1 cannon, nose-mounted (750 rpg)
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Suspended}}
 
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{{main|Matra 25E (250 kg)|LDGP Mk 82 (500 lb)|M117 cone 45 (750 lb)|LDGP Mk 83 (1,000 lb)}}
 
{{main|Matra 25E (250 kg)|LDGP Mk 82 (500 lb)|M117 cone 45 (750 lb)|LDGP Mk 83 (1,000 lb)}}
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* 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (2,250 lb total)
 
* 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (2,250 lb total)
 
* 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (3,000 lb total)
 
* 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (3,000 lb total)
* 1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (250 kg total)
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* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb (250 kg total)
* 1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (500 lb total)
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* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb (500 lb total)
* 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (750 lb total)
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* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (750 lb total)
* 1 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (1,000 lb total)
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* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb (1,000 lb total)
* 1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles (250 kg total)
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* 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb (250 kg total)
* 1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles (500 lb total)
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* 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb (500 lb total)
* 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles (750 lb total)
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* 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (750 lb total)
* 1 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles (1,000 lb total)
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* 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb (1,000 lb total)
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
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The F-104G should not be used in turn fighting engagements as its small wingspan and wing area does not allow the Starfighter to outturn or retain enough energy to fight any other aircraft. Instead, the Starfight should use its high speed and engine performance to outrun most opponents. When at top speeds, the Starfight is able to outrun short-range AAM's launched from 2.4km at sea level and 3.5km at higher altitudes. Flares are also avaliable to the Starfighter which proves to be incredibly useful to preflare or to dodge missiles which your aircraft wouldn't normally be able to dodge without flares.  
  
=== Modules ===
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Aggresive flanking and forcing enemies to turn and dump their energy is the playstyle which all Starfighter's should be flown and the more powerful engine of the F-104G variants compared to the A's and C's allow this playstyle to be played more successfully, though you cannot outrun some fighters such as the Mig-21Bis (Though your wing rip speed is much higher) and the F-104S (Having a much more powerful engine though much heavier).
{| class="wikitable"
 
! Tier
 
! Flight performance
 
! Survivability
 
! colspan="4" | Weaponry
 
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| I
 
| Compressor
 
| Fuselage repair
 
| Offensive 20 mm
 
| LAU-32
 
| Type 25C
 
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| II
 
| New boosters
 
| Airframe
 
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| Mk82
 
| AIM-9B
 
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| III
 
| Wings repair
 
| G-suit
 
| New 20 mm cannons
 
| Nord AS.20
 
| M117
 
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| IV
 
| Engine
 
| Cover
 
| RWR
 
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| Mk83
 
| AIM-9B FGW.2
 
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
* Good top speed
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* Good top speed.
* Great rate of climb; even the F-4 Phantom may struggle to match it
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* Great rate of climb; even the F-4 Phantom may struggle to match it.
* Decent high-speed manoeuvrability
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* Decent high-speed manoeuvrability.
* Good roll rate for a plane with tiny wings
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* Good roll rate for a plane with tiny wings.
* M61 Vulcan cannon can do some serious damage to an enemy plane
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* M61 Vulcan cannon can do some serious damage to an enemy plane.
* Wide selection of secondary ordinance; much better than early F-104s
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* Wide selection of secondary ordinance; much better than early F-104s.
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* High thrust to weight ratio.
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
* Lousy low-speed manoeuvrability
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* Lousy low-speed manoeuvrability.
* Bleeds energy quickly in sustained turn-fights
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* Bleeds energy quickly in sustained turn-fights.
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* Large turning radius due to small wing surface and high speed.
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* High takeoff and landing speeds
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
 
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The brainchild of famed Lockheed engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, after having spoken to USAF pilots about their experience in the Korean Air War, the F-104 Starfighter was innovative in both its design and speed. Developed from the start as a daytime air-superiority fighter with speed in mind, the Starfighter began life at Lockheed's famous "Skunk Works" facility in 1952 to combat the Soviet's new age of supersonic jet fighters. The aircraft would incorporate the smallest airframe, combined with the most technologically advanced turbojet at the time, to create the base of what would become the F-104.
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In 1953, the USAF showed interest in the project, and proposed an open contest with Lockheed and multiple other firms for a supersonic interceptor, based wholly on performance. Lockheed evidently won the contest and approval for two prototypes to be produced and, in February of 1954, took flight for the first time. Although it was slated to be fitted with the General Electric J79 turbofan, due to shortages of the engines the prototypes were mated to a license-built variant of the British Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire engine, called the Wright XJ65-W-6, until the initial powerplant was available. The aircraft however was not without its problems, resulting in a four-year long developmental period for the aircraft. By the end of it, 17 pre-production YF-104As had been built, tested, and used to iron out any problems that would be noticeable on the final F-104. In 1958, the F-104 would finally be available for deliveries featuring some differences from the initial prototypes in the form of a longer fuselage as well as the fitting of General Electric J79GE-3 engines putting out a whopping 14,800 lbs of thrust.
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From the start the F-104A smashed records, taking the record as the first operational fighter in service to succeed Mach 2, as well as going on to take the records for both altitude and speed in both the F-104A and F-104C variants respectively. On May 7th, 1958, Maj. Howard C. Johnson, in his F-104A, set a new world altitude record at 91,243 feet, and 11 days later another aircraft set a new speed record at 1,403.19 mph. The altitude record was later bested by another variant of the aircraft, the F-104C, at a whopping altitude of 103,389 feet. In the 1950s, the aircraft had come to be exactly what the public had expected a fighter of this magnitude to look like. With a long, pencil shaped fuselage with short, sharp edged wings it encompassed the era of space flight and Sci-Fi with its design. The wings were one of the most unique parts of the aircraft, as well as its long fuselage taken up mostly by its large engine and fuel storage, and were only 4 inches and its thickest. Sweeping was only utilized on the leading edge, and a slight anhedral was in place to combat "Dutch Roll", a phenomenon where the aircraft rocks side-to-side uncontrollably. The wings, while helping with supersonic flight, were harmful to ground crews, and special equipment had to be issued to service these areas.
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While having a history of accidents and high pilot attrition, the aircraft was fitted with an ejection seat. Due to the great speed of the aircraft at Mach 2, it was believed that the seat wouldn't have enough time to clear the tail section in an ejection scenario. Therefore, a downward firing ejection seat known as the Stanley C-1 was fitted into early models of the F-104. While a good idea, and in theory could work, the C-1 was also believed harmful in the case of a low-altitude ejection of the aircraft. After a failed introduction of the Stanley C-2 ejection seat, the problem was finally solved by the introduction of the Martin-Baker ejection system, particularly in foreign-operator's Starfighters. Roughly 153 F-104As were produced, with 26 more being F-104B two-seat variants. The F-104A spend a short time in USAF service before being send to Air National Guard (ANG) units, which some others being sent to foreign operators which had some success in their service. In September of 1958 the USAF would get the F-104C, a dedicated fighter-bomber variant designed for the USAF's Tactical Air Command's 479th Tactical Fighter Squadron. The F-104C featured improvements over the F-104A in the form of a better fire-control system as well as hardpoints on the centerline on the belly and under the wings. The aircraft also introduced the ability to refuel mid-flight via a probe running along the right side of the aircraft, extending the reach of the aircraft somewhat. However, like most of the A models ended up, the C models were quickly transferred to Air National Guard (ANG) units both of which served until around 1975 in their service. The first combat of the F-104 however wouldn't be seen until the Vietnam War, and while not having any kills to count was successful in keeping MiGs back and from intercepting friendly aircraft. The aircraft had a short service life in this theatre, only serving in 1965, and again from 1967-1969 until the introduction of the more-capable F-4 Phantom II by which it was replaced.
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The aircraft saw its best success as the F-104G, of which Germany had many. The aircraft has come to be known as the "definitive" variant of the Starfighter. Sporting a reinforced airframe, larger vertical stabilizer, uprated turbofans, and improved electronics, the aircraft was initially built for the German Luftwaffe and first flew in October 1960. The aircraft's licensing was handled by multiple manufacturers, notably Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB), FIAT, Fokker, and Sociétés Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques (SABCA). While in German service the aircraft earned the nickname "Widowmaker" when, between the years 1961 and 1989, 292 aircraft out of 916 had crashed, with 116 pilots being lost.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''
 
* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''
 
* ''other literature.'' -->
 
* ''other literature.'' -->
''Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:''
 
  
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
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* Military Factory - Lockheed F-104 Starfighter: [https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=113 website]
* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''
 
* ''other literature.''
 
  
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{{AirManufacturer Lockheed}}
 
{{Germany jet aircraft}}
 
{{Germany jet aircraft}}

Revision as of 01:17, 3 March 2021

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This page is about the German jet fighter F-104G. For other versions, see F-104 (Family).
F-104G
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F-104G
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Description

The F-104G Starfighter is a rank VI German jet fighter with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters". It is often referred to as the "missile with a man in it" or the "widow maker", the latter nickname highlighting its questionable safety record in Luftwaffe use.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 15 240 m2 387 km/h
Turn time34 s
Max altitude16 000 m
EngineGeneral Electric J79-GE-11
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight24 t

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 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 2,343 2,317 16000 34.5 35.1 230.5 222.5 850
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

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 827 444 ~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-11 1 6,552 kg 532 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 33m fuel
1,540 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 7,353 kg 8,153 kg 8,954 kg 9,194 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 0.86 0.78 0.71 0.69 0.26
Optimal 4,128 kgf
(0 km/h)
8,391 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
1.14 1.03 0.94 0.91 0.35

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
RWR
Notifies about the aircraft's exposure to laser or radio waves
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 527 km/h
Gear546 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 600 → 9 357 Sl icon.png
RB7 330 → 12 248 Sl icon.png
SB28 870 → 48 241 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications499 000 Rp icon.png
876 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 020 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 210 / 500 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
28 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
49 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
570 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
28 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
49 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
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Cover
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M60_belt_pack
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LAU-32
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Type 25C
Research:
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Flares/Chaff
Research:
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Mk82
Research:
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AIM-9B
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M60_new_gun
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Nord AS.20
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M117
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RWR
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition750 rounds
Fire rate6 000 shots/min
Main article: M61A1 (20 mm)

The F-104G is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm M61A1 cannon, nose-mounted (750 rpg)

Suspended armament

Number of setups20
List of setups
Setup 114 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 22 x AS-20 Nord ATGM
Setup 34 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 42 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
14 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 54 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 62 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
14 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 72 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
2 x AS-20 Nord ATGM
Setup 82 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
2 x AS-20 Nord ATGM
Setup 93 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb
Setup 103 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 113 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 123 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 132 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb
Setup 142 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 152 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 162 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 172 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb
Setup 182 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 192 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 202 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb

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

  • Without load
  • 14 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 2 x AS-20 Nord missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 14 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 14 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 2 x AS-20 Nord missiles + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 2 x AS-20 Nord missiles + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 3 x 250 kg Matra 25E bombs (750 kg total)
  • 3 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (2,250 lb total)
  • 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb (250 kg total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb (500 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (750 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb (250 kg total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb (500 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (750 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb (1,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

The F-104G should not be used in turn fighting engagements as its small wingspan and wing area does not allow the Starfighter to outturn or retain enough energy to fight any other aircraft. Instead, the Starfight should use its high speed and engine performance to outrun most opponents. When at top speeds, the Starfight is able to outrun short-range AAM's launched from 2.4km at sea level and 3.5km at higher altitudes. Flares are also avaliable to the Starfighter which proves to be incredibly useful to preflare or to dodge missiles which your aircraft wouldn't normally be able to dodge without flares.

Aggresive flanking and forcing enemies to turn and dump their energy is the playstyle which all Starfighter's should be flown and the more powerful engine of the F-104G variants compared to the A's and C's allow this playstyle to be played more successfully, though you cannot outrun some fighters such as the Mig-21Bis (Though your wing rip speed is much higher) and the F-104S (Having a much more powerful engine though much heavier).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good top speed.
  • Great rate of climb; even the F-4 Phantom may struggle to match it.
  • Decent high-speed manoeuvrability.
  • Good roll rate for a plane with tiny wings.
  • M61 Vulcan cannon can do some serious damage to an enemy plane.
  • Wide selection of secondary ordinance; much better than early F-104s.
  • High thrust to weight ratio.

Cons:

  • Lousy low-speed manoeuvrability.
  • Bleeds energy quickly in sustained turn-fights.
  • Large turning radius due to small wing surface and high speed.
  • High takeoff and landing speeds

History

The brainchild of famed Lockheed engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, after having spoken to USAF pilots about their experience in the Korean Air War, the F-104 Starfighter was innovative in both its design and speed. Developed from the start as a daytime air-superiority fighter with speed in mind, the Starfighter began life at Lockheed's famous "Skunk Works" facility in 1952 to combat the Soviet's new age of supersonic jet fighters. The aircraft would incorporate the smallest airframe, combined with the most technologically advanced turbojet at the time, to create the base of what would become the F-104.

In 1953, the USAF showed interest in the project, and proposed an open contest with Lockheed and multiple other firms for a supersonic interceptor, based wholly on performance. Lockheed evidently won the contest and approval for two prototypes to be produced and, in February of 1954, took flight for the first time. Although it was slated to be fitted with the General Electric J79 turbofan, due to shortages of the engines the prototypes were mated to a license-built variant of the British Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire engine, called the Wright XJ65-W-6, until the initial powerplant was available. The aircraft however was not without its problems, resulting in a four-year long developmental period for the aircraft. By the end of it, 17 pre-production YF-104As had been built, tested, and used to iron out any problems that would be noticeable on the final F-104. In 1958, the F-104 would finally be available for deliveries featuring some differences from the initial prototypes in the form of a longer fuselage as well as the fitting of General Electric J79GE-3 engines putting out a whopping 14,800 lbs of thrust.

From the start the F-104A smashed records, taking the record as the first operational fighter in service to succeed Mach 2, as well as going on to take the records for both altitude and speed in both the F-104A and F-104C variants respectively. On May 7th, 1958, Maj. Howard C. Johnson, in his F-104A, set a new world altitude record at 91,243 feet, and 11 days later another aircraft set a new speed record at 1,403.19 mph. The altitude record was later bested by another variant of the aircraft, the F-104C, at a whopping altitude of 103,389 feet. In the 1950s, the aircraft had come to be exactly what the public had expected a fighter of this magnitude to look like. With a long, pencil shaped fuselage with short, sharp edged wings it encompassed the era of space flight and Sci-Fi with its design. The wings were one of the most unique parts of the aircraft, as well as its long fuselage taken up mostly by its large engine and fuel storage, and were only 4 inches and its thickest. Sweeping was only utilized on the leading edge, and a slight anhedral was in place to combat "Dutch Roll", a phenomenon where the aircraft rocks side-to-side uncontrollably. The wings, while helping with supersonic flight, were harmful to ground crews, and special equipment had to be issued to service these areas.

While having a history of accidents and high pilot attrition, the aircraft was fitted with an ejection seat. Due to the great speed of the aircraft at Mach 2, it was believed that the seat wouldn't have enough time to clear the tail section in an ejection scenario. Therefore, a downward firing ejection seat known as the Stanley C-1 was fitted into early models of the F-104. While a good idea, and in theory could work, the C-1 was also believed harmful in the case of a low-altitude ejection of the aircraft. After a failed introduction of the Stanley C-2 ejection seat, the problem was finally solved by the introduction of the Martin-Baker ejection system, particularly in foreign-operator's Starfighters. Roughly 153 F-104As were produced, with 26 more being F-104B two-seat variants. The F-104A spend a short time in USAF service before being send to Air National Guard (ANG) units, which some others being sent to foreign operators which had some success in their service. In September of 1958 the USAF would get the F-104C, a dedicated fighter-bomber variant designed for the USAF's Tactical Air Command's 479th Tactical Fighter Squadron. The F-104C featured improvements over the F-104A in the form of a better fire-control system as well as hardpoints on the centerline on the belly and under the wings. The aircraft also introduced the ability to refuel mid-flight via a probe running along the right side of the aircraft, extending the reach of the aircraft somewhat. However, like most of the A models ended up, the C models were quickly transferred to Air National Guard (ANG) units both of which served until around 1975 in their service. The first combat of the F-104 however wouldn't be seen until the Vietnam War, and while not having any kills to count was successful in keeping MiGs back and from intercepting friendly aircraft. The aircraft had a short service life in this theatre, only serving in 1965, and again from 1967-1969 until the introduction of the more-capable F-4 Phantom II by which it was replaced.

The aircraft saw its best success as the F-104G, of which Germany had many. The aircraft has come to be known as the "definitive" variant of the Starfighter. Sporting a reinforced airframe, larger vertical stabilizer, uprated turbofans, and improved electronics, the aircraft was initially built for the German Luftwaffe and first flew in October 1960. The aircraft's licensing was handled by multiple manufacturers, notably Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB), FIAT, Fokker, and Sociétés Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques (SABCA). While in German service the aircraft earned the nickname "Widowmaker" when, between the years 1961 and 1989, 292 aircraft out of 916 had crashed, with 116 pilots being lost.

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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External links

  • Military Factory - Lockheed F-104 Starfighter: website


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Germany jet aircraft
Ar 234  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
He 162  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Ho 229  Ho 229 V3
Me 163  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0
Me 262  Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
USA  ▀F-84F · CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀F-86K · F-104G · F-4F Early
USSR  ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF · ▀IL-28
Britain  Sea Hawk Mk.100
Italy  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4