Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - Warbirdtech Vol 38

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The F-104 Starfighter was one of the most successful and prolific jet fighters of the late '50s and early '60s - and one of the most beautiful. It was the first production Mach 2 aircraft, and it rewrote the performance books for speed, altitude and time to climb. Aircraft enthusiasts called it "the missile with a man in it". After its initial flight in 1954, the F-104 program produced more than 2,500 aircraft, making it one of the largest military aircraft programs ever. F-104s flew for the US and many NATO allies, and were eventually produced under license in Canada, Japan, and several European countries. In fact, Italy is still flying updated F-104s in 2003. This book covers this revolutionary aircraft's design and development, its weapons and other systems, and all 18 models of the F-104, complete with photos of each variant. NASA-modified research craft are also discussed, along with several formerly classified programs based on the F-104. Author Jim Upton was one of the F-104 program's flight test engineers, so he knows the aircraft and the people involved. Includes a foreword by Dick Heppe, retired president of Lockheed California, and chief aerodynamicist of the F-104.

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Jim Upton holds a bachelor of science degree in Aerospace Engineering . He worked as a flight test engineer at Lockheed for 35 years and was test director and crew member on 18 aircraft flight test programs. He is a Fellow and past international president of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.
Upton's previous books include AirlinerTech Boeing 777, AirlinerTech Lockheed L-188 Eelectra and AirlinerTech Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, all published by Specialty Press. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, including Air Forces Monthly Magazine, Aviation History Magazine, Aviation Journal, Flight Test News, Flying Magazine, In Flight USA, Lockheed Martin Star, Pacific Flyer and U.S. Aviator Magazine. Upton has been an active pilot for 45 years and currently lives in Canyon Country, California.

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