Lockheed CF-104 Starfighter

Lockheed CF-104D Mk. 2 Starfighter

Referred to as the "Missile with a man in it", the CF-104 (single seat version) was built in Canada under license by Canadair in Cartierville, Quebec. It was envisioned as a high speed, high altitude point defense interceptor against the relatively poor maneuvering manned bomber threat that existed in the early 1950's.

The first aircraft produced by Canadair flew in May 1961, with 200 single seaters (CF-104) being produced for the RCAF. 22 Lockheed-built two seaters (CF-104D) were also used by the RCAF. After the RCAF production order was filled in June 1963, Canadair produced another 140 aircraft for other countries.

The aircraft in later years provided a measure of unparalleled stability in the low-level, high speed environment until phased out in 1986. The majority of the Starfighters were transferred to the Turkish Air Force.

The Museum’s aircraft was one of a number of Lockheed-built two place trainers, spending its flying career at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Alberta, before becoming a battle-damage repair airframe at Mountain View, Ontario, near CFB Trenton.

Technical Details:

RCAF 12645 / CAF 104645
Engine: General Electric J79-19 turbojet 11,810 lbs. thrust, 17,900 lb. with afterburner
Maximum Speed: Mach 2, 1,450 mph (2330 km/h)
Loaded weight: 26,800 lb (12,156 kg)
Span: 21 ft 11 in (6.4 m)
Length: 58 ft 3 in (17.7 m)
Height: 13 ft 6 in (4.1 m)
Wing area: 196 sq ft (18.2 sq m)