Lockheed F-104C Starfighter

The first fighter capable of sustained speeds in excess of mach two, and the first aircraft ever to hold world speed and altitude records simultaneously, the Starfighter was conceived by a team led by C. L. “Kelly” Johnson as a single-seat lightweight air superiority fighter.

The Lockheed Starfighter presents the classic silhouette of the 1950’s jet age. The F-104’s streamlined profile and its Mach 2 performance earned it the nickname “the missile with a man in it”. Pictured in this painting is an F-104C from the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing.