LOCKHEED F-104 STARFIGHTER

F-104 SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, California, USA
(Designed by Lockheed "Skunk" Works)
Models: Model 83, 183, 283, 383, 483, 583, 683, 783
Designations: F-104; X-27, CF-104 (RCAF)
Name: Starfighter
First official flight: (XF-104) 04/03/1954
Factory production period: 1953 - 1966
1960 - 1979 (Foreign built)
Primary service period: 1958 - 1969
1959 - 2005 (Foreign service)
Last official flight: (F-104D) 07/1975

F-104 VARIANTS

1954 Model 083-92-01 XF-104 2  
1956 Model 183-93-02 YF-104A 17 Total: 0019
         
1956 Model 183-92-02 F-104A 153  
1957 Model 283-93-03 F-104B 26 Total: 0179
         
1958 Model 383-04-05 F-104C 77  
1958 Model 483-04-06 F-104D 21  
1962 Model 583B-10-17 F-104DJ 20  
1959 Model 483-04-08 F-104F 30  
1961 Model 583A-04-15 CF-104D 38 Total: 0186
         
1960 Model 683/683C/-10-19 F-104G 140  
1962 Model 683C-04-10 RF-104G 40  
1962 Model 583C/D/E/F/G/H/-10-20 TF-104G 220 Total: 0400
         
1961 Model 683B-07-14 F-104J 3  
1963 Model 683C F-104N 3 Total: 0006

Grand Total: 0790

1961 Foreign built - Belgium:
Model 683
F-104G 188 Total: 0188
1961 Foreign built - Canada:
Model CL-90
CF-104 200  
1963 Model 683 F-104G 140 Total: 0340
1964 Foreign built - Italy:
Model 683
F-104G 164  
1964 Model 683 RF-104G 35  
1968 Model 783 F-104S 246 Total: 0445
1962 Foreign built - Japan:
Model 683
F-104J 207 Total: 0207
1961 Foreign built - The Netherlands:
Model 683
F-104G 231  
1963 Model 683 RF-104G 119  Total: 0350
1960 Foreign built - West Germany:
Model 683
F-104G 260 Total: 0260

Grand Total: 1790

GRAND TOTAL: 2580

F-104 PRODUCTION

XF-104
Prototype single seat interceptor fighter.
Produced 1954

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

53-7786, 53-7787 083-1001, 1002 2 Total: 0002

YF-104A
As XF-104, lengthened fuselage, engine
upgrade. Later upgraded to F-104A standard.
Produced 1955 - 1956

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

55-2955 / 55-2971 183-1001 / 1017 17 Total: 0017

F-104A
As YF-104A, engine upgrade, ventral fin,
equipment upgrades.
Produced 1956 - 1958
Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

56-730 / 56-882 183-1018 / 1170 153 Total: 0153

(Model 383-93-04) RF-104A - 1954, reconn. version of F-104A, 18 cancelled.
TF-104A
- Trainer version of F-104A, cancelled in favour of F-104B.

F-104B
As F-104A, 2-seater trainer, larger tail.
Produced 1956 - 1958

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

56-3719 / 56-3724 283-5000 / 5005    
57-1294 / 57-1313 283-5006 / 5025 26 Total: 0026

F-104C
As F-104A, tactical strike version, 
engine upgrade.
Produced 1958 - 1959

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

56-883 / 56-938 383-1171 / 1226    
57-910 / 57-930 383-1227 / 1247 77 Total: 0077
363 additional airframes cancelled.

F-104D
As F-104C, 2-seater trainer.
Produced 1958 - 1959

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

57-1314 / 57-1334 483-5026 / 5046 21 Total: 0021
83 additional airframes cancelled.

F-104DJ
As F-104D, version for Japan. Components
built by Lockheed, assembled by Mitsubishi.
Produced 1962 - 1964

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

(JASDF) 16-5001 / 16-5020 583B-5401 / 5420 20 Total: 0020

F-104E - Not used.

F-104F
As F-104D, version for West Germany.
Produced 1959 - 1960

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

59-4994 / 59-5023 483-5047 / 5076 30 Total: 0030
All delivered to:
(West Germany) BB360 / BB389

CF-104D
As F-104D, RCAF designation, version for
Canada. Original designation was CF-113.
Last 16 delivered as CF-104D Mk. II.
Reserialled as 104631 / 104668 in 1970.
Produced 1961

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

(RCAF) 12631 / 12668 583A-5301 / 5338 38 Total: 0038

F-104G
As F-104C, engine upgrade, various
improvements. USAF s/n all delivered
to foreign users under MAP.
Produced 1960 - 1962

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

61-2601 / 61-2623 683C-4001 / 4023    
62-12214 / 62-12231 683C-4067 / 4084    
63-13274
- To Belgium, pattern airframe.
683-9001    
No s/n assigned.
- Static test airframe.
683-2051 43  
(Italy) MM6501
- Pattern airframe.
683-6501 1  
(West Germany) KF101 / KF150
- 30 operated in US with s/n:
63-13230 / 63-13259.
683-2001 / 2050    
(West Germany) KF151 / KF196
- 9 operated in US with s/n:
63-13260
63-13262 / 63-13268
67-14887.
683-2052 / 2097 96 Total: 0140

RF-104G
As F-104G, reconnaissance version.
All delivered to foreign users under MAP.
Produced 1962 - 1963

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

61-2624 / 61-2633 683C-4024 / 4033    
62-12232 / 62-12261 mixed 683C-4034 to 4066 40 Total: 0040

TF-104G
As F-104G, 2-seater trainer. USAF s/n
all delivered to foreign users under MAP.
Produced 1962 - 1966

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

61-3025 / 61-3030 583C-5501 / 5506    
61-3031 / 61-3084 mixed 583D-5701 to 5755    
62-12262 / 62-12279 583C-5507 / 5524    
63-8452 / 63-8469 mixed 583D-5756 to 5779    
63-12681 / 63-12684 583C-5525 / 5528    
63-12685 / 63-12696 mixed 583D-5767 to 5785    
64-15104 / 64-15106 583D-5786 / 5788    
65-9415 583C-5529    
66-13622 / 66-13631 583F-5933 / 5942 126  
N104L (civil reg.)
- To The Netherlands as D-5702.
583D-5702 1  
(Belgium) FC-04 / FC-12 583G-5101 / 5109 9  
(Italy) ? 583H-5201 / 5212 12  
(The Netherlands) D-5801 / 5817 583E-5801 / 5817 17  
(West Germany) KE201 / KE223 583F-5943 / 5965    
(West Germany) KF201 / KF232 583F-5901 / 5932 55  Total: 0220


This Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter, s/n: 61-3054, was originally
built for MAP and served with the Luftwaffe in the USA.
It was sold to Turkey in 1986 with s/n: 9-725.
Turkish Air Force Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005.

RTF-104G1 - Proposed reconn. version for Luftwaffe, cancelled.
F-104H - Proposed upgrade of F-104C, cancelled.
TF-104H - Proposed trainer version, cancelled.
F-104I
- Not used.

F-104J
As F-104G, version for Japan.
Produced 1961

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

(JASDF) 26-8501 / 26-8503 683B-3001 / 3003 3 Total: 0003

F-104K / L / M - Not used.

F-104N
As F-104G, version for NASA as chase aircraft.
8 other F-104's also converted for NASA duties.
Produced 1963

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

(NASA) 811 / 813 683C-4045, 4053, 4058 3 Total: 0003

(Model CL-1200) X-27 Lancer - Proposed development of F-104G, cancelled.

Grand Total: 0790

Foreign built - Belgium:
F-104G
Licence built version of the F-104G.
Produced

Societe Anonyme Belge De Constructions
Aeronautiques (SABCA), Gosselies, Belgium

63-13275 / 63-13278
- 4 to West Germany.
9002 / 9005 4  
(Belgium) FX-1 / FX-39 mixed 9016 to 9079    
(Belgium) FX-27
- Duplicated s/n due to loss.
9082    
(Belgium) FX-40 / FX-100 mixed 9083 to 9176 101  
(West Germany) KH106 / KH188 mixed 9006 to 9189 83 Total: 0188

Foreign built - Canada:
CF-104
Licence built version of the F-104G.
F-104A(56-0770), converted as prototype
with RCAF s/n: 12700, later 104700.
Original designation was CF-111.
Reserialled as 104701 / 104900 in 1970.
Produced 1961 - 1963

Canadair Ltd., Cartierville,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

(RCAF) 12701 / 12900 1001 / 1200 200  

F-104G
Licence built version of the F-104G.
All delivered to foreign users under MAP.
Produced 1963 - 1964

Canadair Ltd., Cartierville,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

62-12302 / 62-12349 6001 / 6048    
62-12697 / 62-12734 6049 / 6086    
63-13638 / 63-13647 6087 / 6096    
64-17752 / 64-17795 6097 / 6140 140 Total: 0340

Foreign built - Italy:
F-104G
Licence built version of the F-104G.
Fiat Aircraft Group became Aeritalia in 1969,
then Alenia Aeronautica in 1990.
Produced

Societa Per Azioni Fiat, Turin, Italy

(Italy) mixed MM6502 to MM6660 mixed 6502 to 6660 124  
(The Netherlands)
mixed D-6652 to D-6700
mixed 6652 to 6700 25  
(West Germany) KC101 / KC115 mixed 6600 to 6620 15  

RF-104G
Licence built version of the RF-104G.
Produced

Societa Per Azioni Fiat, Turin, Italy

(West Germany) KC116 / KC150 mixed 6621 to 6693 35  

F-104S
As F-104G, engine / armament upgrade.
2 Fiat F-104G converted as prototypes,
first flown in 1966.
Produced 1968 - 1979
Societa Per Azioni Fiat, Turin, Italy

(Italy) MM6701 / MM6850 783-1001 / 1150    
(Italy) MM6869 / MM6881 783-1169 / 1181    
(Italy) MM6886, MM6887 783-1186, 1187    
(Italy) MM6890 783-1190    
(Italy) MM6907 / MM6946 783-1207 / 1246 206  
(Turkey) 6851 / 6868 783-1151 / 1168    
(Turkey) 6882 / 6885 783-1182 / 1185    
(Turkey) 6888, 6889 783-1188, 1189    
(Turkey) 6891 / 6906 783-1191 / 1206 40 Total: 0445


Many Starfighter variants served with Turkey from 1963 to 1995, pictured
here is an Aeritalia (Italian-built) F-104S Starfighter, s/n: 6868,
of which 40 were delivered to Turkey.
Turkish Air Force Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005.

Foreign built - Japan:
F-104J
Licence built version of the F-104G.
Produced 1962 - 1967

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.,
Nagoya, Japan

(JASDF) 26-8504 / 26-8507 683B-3004 / 3007    
(JASDF) 36-8508 / 36-8563 683B-3008 / 3063    
(JASDF) 46-8564 / 46-8658 683B-3064 / 3158    
(JASDF) 56-8659 / 56-8680 683B-3159 / 3180    
(JASDF) 76-8681 / 76-8710 683B-3181 / 3210 207 Total: 0207

Foreign built - The Netherlands:
F-104G
Licence built version of the F-104G.
Produced

Fokker Aircraft Co., Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(The Netherlands)
mixed D-8013 to D-8343
mixed 8013 to 8343 77  
(West Germany)
mixed KG101 to KG450
- 12 operated in US with s/n:
63-13229, 63-13261
63-13269 / 63-13273
63-13690, 63-13691
65-12746
65-12749 / 64-12754
67-14893.
mixed 8101 to 8350 154  

RF-104G
Licence built version of the RF-104G.
Produced

Fokker Aircraft Co., Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(The Netherlands)
mixed D-8101 to D-8119
mixed 8101 to 8119 18  
(West Germany)
mixed KG185 to KG376
- 4 operated in US with s/n:
67-14890 / 67-14892
67-22517.
mixed 8085 to 8276 101 Total: 0350

Foreign built - West Germany:
F-104G
Licence built version of the F-104G.
Manufacturer became MBB in 1969.
Produced

Messerschmitt-Bolkow GmbH,
Augsburg, West Germany

(West Germany) KE301 / KE510
- 10 operated in US with s/n:
65-12745 
65-12747, 65-12748
66-13524 / 66-13526
67-14885, 67-14886
67-14888, 67-14889.
7001 / 7210 210  

Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB),
Augsburg, West Germany

(West Germany) 2641 / 2654 7301 / 7314    
(West Germany) 2655 / 2690 7401 / 7436 50 Total: 0260

 

Grand Total: 1790

F-104 CONVERSIONS

USAF

NF-104A 3 F-104A(56-756, 56-760, 56-762), 1963-1971, aux. rocket
engine fitted, used in astronaut training.
QF-104A 24 F-104A, 1960-1972, radio-controlled target drones.
(JQF-104A) 1 QF-104A, temporary conversion for test duties.

Foreign Conversions

F / TF-104S ASA 153 F/ TF-104S, 1986, armament / avionics upgrades for Italy.
(F / TF-104S ASA-M) 64 49 F-104S / 15 TF-104S, 1997-2005, avionics upgrades for Italy.
QF-104J 31 F-104J, 1987-1992, ex. JASDF radio-controlled target drones.
C.8 18 F-104G, 1965-1972, designation for Spanish F-104's.
Assigned s/n: C.8-1 / C.8-18.
CE.8 3 TF-104G, 1965-1972, designation for Spanish TF-104's.
Assigned s/n: CE.8-1 / CE.8-3.
RF-104G(T) 8 RF-104G, reconn. upgrade with longer nose for Taiwan.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - F-104 Starfighters served in military service with Belgium, Canada, Denmark,
   Greece, Italy, Japan, Jordon, The Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Spain,
   Taiwan, Turkey and West Germany.
 - F-104RB, 1976, test pilot Darryl Greenamyer built an F-104 from spare parts with
   the help of American Jet Industries Inc., California, to set new speed records.
   May have been built from static test airframe c/n: 683-2051.

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