Lockheed F-104B 'Starfighter'

  Base model:F-104
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
  Crew:Instructor & Student

  Length: 54' 8" 16.6 m
  Height:13' 5" 4.0 m
  Wingspan: 21' 9" 6.6 m
  Wingarea: 196.1 sq ft 18.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 13,727 lb 6,226 kg
  Gross Weight: 17,812 lb 8,079 kg
  Max Weight: 24,912 lb 11,300 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: General Electric J79-GE-3B (A/B 14,800Lb/6,713Kg)
  Thrust (each): 9,600 lb 4,354 kg

  Range: 460 miles 740 km
  Cruise Speed: 516 mph 830 km/h 448 kt
  Max Speed: 1,145 mph 1,842 km/h 995 kt
  Climb: 64,500 ft/min19,660 m/min
  Ceiling: 64,795 ft 19,750 m

Known serial numbers
56-3719 / 56-3724, 57-1294 / 57-1302, 57-1303 / 57-1311, 57-1312 / 57-1313

Examples of this type may be found at
Castle Air MuseumAtwaterCalifornia
McClellan Aviation MuseumMcClellan AFBCalifornia

F-104B on display

Castle Air Museum

McClellan Aviation Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Tom Marshall
 , FL
I was a part of the A team ( 538th ) at Larson and we were assigned two 104B which I had the pleasure of flying to Los Vegas in the back seat for a repair mission. Quit a thrill for a nineteen year old kid.
02/29/2012 @ 19:54 [ref: 53539]
 Gene Stone
 , WA
I am looking for pictures of F-104's stationed at Larson AFB,Moses Lake WA. 538th F.I.S.
08/14/2008 @ 10:29 [ref: 22457]
 Ray Meyer
 Sacramento, CA
The McClellan Aviation Museum has a new name and location. It is now the Aerospace Museum of California 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA. In Feb 2007, the Musuem held a grand openning for a 37,000 sq foot exhibition hall and a 3.5 acre paved air park. The new facilities are constructed on the former grass field where the aircraft were displayed since McClellan AFB closed. The Museum's web site is www.aerospacemuseumofcalifornia.org

06/20/2007 @ 21:56 [ref: 16900]
 Chris Carey
 Sacramento, CA
The "F-104B" that you state is on display at the Castle Air Museum is not a "B" model but a "D" model. McClellan is the only California Aviation Museum to have a genuine "B" model in their collection (McClellan's ex-NASA F-104B, N819NA, is one of only 23 ever made) and it may be seen at the McClellan Aviation Museum Air Park in Sacramento, CA., on Century Series Row. The McClellan B model is known affectionately as "Howling Howland", due to its Starfighter J-79 engine's unique wailing sound (produced at certain exhaust vane settings). More may be learned about "Howling Howland" at the Aeolus Aerospace website: http://webslanset.com/aeolusaero . Another ex-NASA Starfighter (F-104N single-seater) may be viewed at the Estrella Air Museum near Paso Robles, CA.
08/14/2005 @ 19:55 [ref: 10995]
 Ian Wallace
 Seattle, WA
I crewed F-104B 57-1302 while with the 538th FIS at what was then larson AFB, Moses Lake, Washington State. When the squadron was deactivated the bird went to the Tenessee ANG. I learned that it later perished in the hands of the Jordanian Air Force. I have some pictures of her at Larson AFB with the "nose art" that we put on her - just have to dig them out...
09/03/2001 @ 10:08 [ref: 3104]


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