Canadair Starfighter (Lockheed)

Canadair Starfighter (Lockheed)

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A dramatic view of a CF-104 Starfighter from the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment carrying a full load of BL-755 cluster bombs.

Overview

Overview

Late in 1959, Canadair was selected to produce 200 strike, reconnaissance versions of the Lockheed designed F-104 Starfighter, designated as the CF-104, to replace the F-86 Sabres being flown by the RCAF in NATO.  The aircraft was known by a wide variety of nicknames some flattering and some not so flattering (for example, “missile with a man in it” referred to the design while “lawn dart” and “widow-maker” referred to the high number crashes the type suffered in the early years). The CF-104s had number of specialized changes plus equipment for the Canadian role. The aircraft was capable of the nuclear strike role and reconnaissance packs could be carried in a special pod under the fuselage. Originally, the standard M-61 gun pod was replaced by a 120 US gallon (455 litre) fuel tank. Later in its Canadian Armed Forces career, the aircraft was returned to a conventional strike role and the 20 mm cannon was re-installed. The CF-104 was replaced in service by the CF-188 Hornet.

Designation CF-104 A/D
Model number F-104G / CL-90
Marks Mk I (A), Mk II (Dual)
Role Fighter / strike / photo-reconnaissance
Taken on strength 1961
Struck off strength 1984
Number 200
Service RCAF, Canadian Armed Forces

Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft: A Military Compendium by T.F.J. Leversedge © 2007. Translated and reproduced with permission of the author.

Technical specifications

Technical specifications

Manufacturer Canadair license-built version of Lockheed design
Crew / passengers One or two pilots in ejection seats
Powerplant One General Electric (Orenda) J-79-OEL-7 turbojet with afterburning (10,000 lbst [pounds static thrust] to 15,800 lbst in after burner)
Maximum speed Mach 2.2 1,450 mph (2,334 km/h)
Cruising speed Mach 1.2, 915 mph (1,473 km/h)
Service ceiling 58,000 ft (17,660 m)
Range 2,180 miles (3,510 km)
Empty weight 14,082 lb (6,387 kg)
Gross weight  28,779 lb (13,510 kg)
Span 21 ft 11 in (6.68 m) without tip tanks
Length 54 ft 9 in (16.69 m)
Height 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Wing area 196 sq ft (18.21 sq m)
Armament Provision for one 20 mm M61A-1 cannon, plus bombs, rockets, or tanks on underwing or fuselage pylons
Cost $1,200,000 single seater, $1,400,000 dual seater

Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft: A Military Compendium by T.F.J. Leversedge © 2007. Translated and reproduced with permission of the author.

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