F-104G

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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
F-104G
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F-104G
AB RB SB
10.0 10.0 10.0
Research:390 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:1 020 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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This page is about the jet fighter F-104G. For other versions, see F-104 (Family).

Description

GarageImage F-104G.jpg


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 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-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
450 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
570 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
M60_belt_pack
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
LAU-32
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Type 25C
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
28 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
49 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9B
Research:
28 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
49 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods weapon.png
M60_new_gun
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
Nord AS.20
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
M117
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods radar warning receiver.png
RWR
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
570 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk83
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
570 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9B FGW.2
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
570 Ge icon.png

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, -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)
  • 1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (250 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (500 lb total)
  • 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (750 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (1,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 250 kg Matra 25E bomb + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles (250 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles (500 lb total)
  • 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles (750 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles (1,000 lb total)

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).

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Compressor Fuselage repair Offensive 20 mm LAU-32 Type 25C Flares
II New boosters Airframe Mk82 AIM-9B
III Wings repair G-suit New 20 mm cannons Nord AS.20 M117
IV Engine Cover RWR Mk83 AIM-9B FGW.2

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

Cons:

  • Lousy low-speed manoeuvrability
  • Bleeds energy quickly in sustained turn-fights

History

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Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

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

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.


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
  ␗P-38L-1
  ␗F-104A · ▀F-104G · ␗F-104G · ▅F-104J · ▄F-104S
See Also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries · Fiat Aviation

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