Includes a super decals sheet, photo etched parts and colored instruction sheet.
The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is one of the most famous fighters in the history of aviation and
also one with the longest operational life: its history began at the end of the 50s and ended, for some
air forces, in mid 2000s. Its unique airframe, with slender fuselage and very little wing surface,
made this aircraft ideal as an interceptor. Thanks to the thrust of its General Electric J79-GE-11A
afterburning turbojet engine, it could exceed Mach 2,2 with an excellent rate of climb. But it was
not very manoeuvrable and difficult to pilot. The F-104G Starfighter was produced on license by
several European aviation industries. From the mid-60s, it became the standard interceptor for many
NATO countries including Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece, and Turkey. The armament was
basically the same found on previous versions, with a 20mm Vulcan cannon and the option to fit
under the wings air-to-air missiles, bombs, or additional fuel tanks to increase the airplane's range.
With time, reconnaissance duties were added to the traditional interceptor service. The F-104G was
therefore equipped with a dedicated “Orpheus” reconnaissance external pod that gave excellent