New images added for the forthcoming CF-104D Starfighter, pre-orders still being taken.

We have today added new images for HA1060 CF-104D Starfighter 104651, Canadian Armed Forces. Pre-orders on this 1:72 scale model are still being taken at £50.00.

The RCAF received their first CF-104 in March 1962. Although originally designed as a supersonic interceptor the Canadian Air Force used it primarily for low level strike and reconnaissance. The Canadian version of the F-104 was capable of carrying a ventral mounted Vinten Vicon pod with 4 cameras inside for reconnaissance picture taking. On September 4, 1963 number 12900 was the 200th and final CF-104 produced and entered service on January 10, 1964. The CF-104 retired from service in 1985 when it was replaced by the CF-18 Hornet. Over the 25 years of active service 110 aircraft were lost to accidents earning it nicknames like “Widow Maker” and “Lawn Dart”. The RCAF CF- 104 probably had the most flying time of any variant with an average of 6,000 hours per plane over their life time compared to the Luftwaffe’s 3,000 hours.

Lockheed CF-104D Starfighter C.N. 583A-5321 serial 104651 joined the RCAF as 12651 but in May 1970 CF-104Ds 12631 through 12668 were re-serialed as 104631 through 104668. The CF-104D flew its maiden flight on June 14, 1961. No CF-104Ds were manufactured in Canada. Starfighter 12651 (104651) joined the RCAF No. 6 Squadron Strike/Recce OTU, Cold Lake, Alberta on June 26, 1963. In 1970 RCAF No. 6 Squadron became 417 Strike/Reconnaissance Operational Training Squadron. On June 24, 1980 while flying a low-level simulated missile site attack several large birds were ingested by the engines and despite pilot attempts to stabilize the aircraft the two crew members were forced to eject safely with only the loss of the aircraft. The Alberta Aviation Museum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada acquired a former Dutch F-104D, D-5805 and has fully restored it as 104651.

 

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