Aviation Photo #1132778 Lockheed (Aeritalia) F-104S ASA-M Starfighter - Italy - Air Force

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This picture was taken a few minutes after the roll-out of the aircraft in the new Special Colour scheme from an MB.339A of the 9th Stormo. Interestingly, the aircraft wears the code 999 that was changed to 9-99 in the following days. This is the first air-to-air picture of this aircraft on A.net!
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    David Cenciotti
    Italy - Air Force
    Lockheed (Aeritalia) F-104S ASA-M Starfighter
    Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
    Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
    Lockheed
    783-1230
    MM6930
    In Flight
    Italy
    September 19, 2003
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Comments (15)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent angle, very original photograph of a rare fighter. Very captivating.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Mint Photography!

Robin
Anonymous
10 years ago
Simply stunning and worthy of 5 stars!
Spencer Wilmot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is my very aircraft prefer f104asam "ducati 999"
Anonymous
10 years ago
Colours are fantastic and a classic lesser known jet!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb angle of clicking
Anonymous
10 years ago
Beautiest fighter ever built. It looks so fast as nothing else...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Most weird design, because of those short wings it only flyes at very high speeds.The Germans used to call it "the flying coffin". Only over average pilots were able to fly it safely.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This certainly is the ferrari of the skies!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Ooo a "Cavallino rampante"!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I'd hate to try and land this plane with those small wings!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Worthy of five stars. in belgium we say that the designers added wings to their design just so that the pilots would not get scared. as usesless as they are ^^
Anonymous
6 years ago
I've seen a lot of F-104's but never an all red one before.
During the 50's, when this thing came out, I lived in Dayton, near Wright-Patterson AFB; there were F-104's in the air every day, all day; they also had a number of them make some very large holes in the ground, very near Wright-Pat; One day, they had a bunch of Air Force Top "Brass" sitting in a bleachers to watch a Starfighter do a fly-by; the pilot was a "little off" with the throttles, and inadvertently went super-sonic; the resulting sonic boom scattered their scrambled-egg hats all over the area, and caused some 4-stars to "soil their undies", not to mention causing a huge big "flap"! ( Never did hear how the pilot fared, afterwards )

The thing was VERY fast.....as long as you wanted to go in a straight line; anything else, you better have some serious airspace !
Anonymous
6 years ago
Oh, and those "tiny little wings".......13'ft. 9"in. tip to tip, if I remember correctly.
This one one of the first of many planes to use the G.E. J-79 engine; (a lot of power for something this size)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Like the chrome better from "The Right Stuff." Looks like it wants to go fast and straight, don't ask for manuevability.

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