Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

   F-104 Starfighters were high-performance day and night fighters powered by an advanced axial-flow, turbojet engine with afterburner. They were designed for cruise at high subsonic speeds and combat at high supersonic speeds. Notable features of the aircraft include extremely thin flight surfaces, short straight wings with negative dihedral, irreversible hydraulically powered ailerons, and a controllable horizontal stabilizer. The wings, with leading and trailing edge flaps, have a boundary layer control system which is used in conjunction with the trailing edge flap to reduce landing speeds. A drag chute is installed to reduce the landing roll. In-flight escape is accomplished by an upward ejection system.  The Starfighter designed by "Kelly" Johnson of the famed Lockheed Skunk Works.
    The USAF procured about 300 Starfighters in one- and two-seat versions. The Lockheed F-104B and -D models were combat-capable two-place trainer versions used by the USAF. The 20mm cannon was removed from the aircraft to make room for the second cockpit. More than 1,700 F-104s were built in the U.S. and abroad under the military aid program for various nations including Canada, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Taiwan and Japan.