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12443 F-104G Starfighter
12443 F-104G Starfighter

Retail Price: $12.50
Scale: 1:72
Brand: Academy

Stock Status: In Stock

Product Code: 12443

F-104G Starfighter
1:72 Scale
The Starfighter was originally designed for the US Air Force
as a pure high speed fighter interceptor. It is a Cold War era US single engine jet fighter with a distinctive small main wing. First flight was on 4th march 1954 at Edwards AFB. By that time most European NATO Countries were looking for a new standard fighter/fighterbomber to form the backbone of their Air Forces.

Early designs of the model could not really satisfy the European requirements, which resulted in the modified F-104G version. The "G" was conceived as low-level capable, high-speed fighterbomber with in- and egress speeds of up to MACH 2.5.

In 1958 Germany chose the Starfighter to replace the already outdated F-84 and F-86 versions in use by then. For political reasons the Marineflieger had to join this decision, though their demands were quite different.

The German Navy was looking for a two-seat, twin-engineed aircraft to replace the old Seahawks, with the Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer being their favorite aircraft.