Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Engine Run Up
Story and Photos by Steven Valinski
March 9, 2014
It is not everyday that one gets to see a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, especially one that still flies. Designed as a supersonic air superiority fighter by Lockheed’s Skunk Works, the F-104 was able to reach Mach 2 speeds and was the first aircraft to reach an altitude of 100,000 feet. With it’s unique wing design and sleek shape, the F-104 looks more like a cold war missile than an aircraft.
This particular model is a CF-104D which is a dual-control trainer version of the Canadian CF-104 with Canadian J79-OEL-7 engine. This model was built in 1962 and only 38 aircraft of this variation were manufactured. As you can hear/see during the run up, the engine has a wonderful howl and is burning fairly clean for an aircraft built in 1962.
Owned by Fuel Fresh Inc, this jet had been stored in a hangar and is in great shape. This jet has some history at airshows and may fly again sometime before the end of the year. Stay tuned.