The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft which later became widely used as an attack aircraft. It was originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF), but was later produced by several other nations, seeing widespread service outside the United States. One of the Century Seriesof fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. Its design team was led by Kelly Johnson, who contributed to the development of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Lockheed U-2, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, and other Lockheed aircraft.
The F-104 set numerous world records, including both airspeed and altitude records.
Length: 54 ft 8 in (16.66 m)
Wingspan: 21 ft 9 in (6.63 m)
Height: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Wing area: 196.1 sq ft (18.22 m2)
Airfoil: Biconvex 3.36% root and tip
Empty weight: 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 29,027 lb (13,166 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J79afterburning turbojet, 10,000 lbf (44 kN) thrust dry, 15,600 lbf (69 kN) with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,528 mph; 2,459 km/h (1,328 kn)
Maximum speed: Mach 2
Combat range: 420 mi (365 nmi; 676 km)
Ferry range: 1,630 mi (1,416 nmi; 2,623 km)
Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
Rate of climb: 48,000 ft/min (240 m/s) Initially
Wing loading: 105 lb/sq ft (510 kg/m2)
Thrust/weight: 0.54 with max. takeoff weight (0.76 loaded)
Hardpoints: 7 with a capacity of 4,000 lb (1,800 kg),with provisions to carry combinations of:
Missiles: 4 × AIM-9 Sidewinder
Other: Bombs, rockets, or other stores.
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⚠️⚠️Aviation News⚠️⚠️ After two tragic crashes that led to the widespread grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX airplanes, The New York Times reports that issues at a South Carolina factory could mean problems for the company's 787 Dreamliner plane as well.
The Times report includes several instances of potentially dangerous debris left on planes built at the factory, although no major safety incidents have occurred as a result.
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In the wake of two tragic crashes that led to the widespread grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX airplanes, The New York Times reports that poor practices at a South Carolina factory could raise questions about the safety of the company's 787 Dreamliner plane as well.
According to the Times' Natalie Kitroeff and David Gelles, several current and former employees at Boeing's Dreamliner factory in North Charleston, South Carolina described an over-hurried assembly line struggling to complete aircraft on time, resulting in potentially dangerous shortcuts.
The Times reported several instances of debris and tools being left on board Dreamliners coming out of the factory, with possible consequences for the safety of the planes. A former quality manager at the factory described loose metal shavings left over from the assembly process hanging perilously close to the plane's flight control wires, which could damage those controls, according to the report.
Day 3: Meet The club’s ' 1965 Piper Cherokee 180! 🛩
Since our clubs 180 just transferred hands to a new owner in our club, she doesn’t have a name quite yet.
Our 180 has been an important part of our fleet, especially for our members attaining their instrument rating.
The 180 might be old but she’s well taken care of and has had significant improvements both inside and out.
Swipe left to check out her avionics deck 👀
We were so excited to keep the 180 inside the club and the current owner continues to keep her in tip top shape.
If you see our 180 out there, give her a wave 👋🏻!
Dreaming of last Saturday’s blue skies! It’s great seeing our jets back up in the air after their annuals as we gear up for flying season!
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1952 built Gloster Meteor NF11 performing it’s display at Abingdon in 2015. Last flew on 5th January 2019 into Bruntingthorpe - probably unlikely to fly again but kept in running order. @flypasteditor#classicbritishjetscollection
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Republic Airways/American Eagle Embraer ERJ175 N111HQ at DCA
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a World War II–era American piston-engined fighter aircraft. Developed for the United States Army Air Corps, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. Allied propaganda claimed it had been nicknamed the fork-tailed devil (German: der Gabelschwanz-Teufel) by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot"(2飛行機、1パイロット Ni hikōki, ippairotto) by the Japanese. The P-38 was used for interception, dive bombing, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, radar and visual pathfinding for bombers and evacuation missions, and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings.
Length: 37 ft 10 in (11.53 m) (11.53 m)
Wingspan: 52 ft 0 in (15.85 m) (15.85 m)
Height: 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m) (3.91 m)
Wing area: 327.5 ft² (30.43 m²)
Airfoil: NACA 23016 / NACA 4412
Empty weight: 12,800 lb (5,800 kg)
Loaded weight: 17,500 lb (7,940 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 21,600 lb (9,798 kg)
Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0268
Drag area: 8.78 ft² (0.82 m²)
Aspect ratio: 8.26
Powerplant: 2 × Allison V-1710-111/113 V-12 piston engine, 1,600 hp (1,193 kW) WEP at 60 inHg, 3,000 rpm each
Maximum speed: 414 mph (666 km/h) on Military Power: 1,425 hp at 54 inHg, 3,000 rpm at 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
Cruise speed: 275 mph (443 km/h)
Stall speed: 105 mph (169 km/h) (170 km/h)
Range: 1,300 mi (2,100 km) combat (1,770 mi/3,640 km)
Service ceiling: 44,000 ft (13,000 m) (13,400 m)
Rate of climb: 4,750 ft/min (24.1 m/s) maximum
Wing loading: 53.4 lb/ft² (260.9 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.16 hp/lb (0.27 kW/kg)
Lift-to-drag ratio: 13.5
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A French Army Gazelle under the lights at RAF Northolt Night Shoot XXI. This particular Gazelle is wearing a tiger schemed theme, which was applied for the 2016 NATO Tiger Meet in Zaragoza, Spain. The French Army SA.342M Gazelle is the anti-tank version, and can be armed with four HOT anti-tank missiles guided by a SFIM APX M397 stabilised sight.
Listening to Easy busses on the radio 📻🚌🧡. CPL/ME/IR next... Let’s go! I cannot believe this dream is actually coming true... How long have you wanted to be a pilot?? 🙏🏼🛫☀️👩🏻✈️... Ps, I stole my friend’s Bose today......... I need these in my life 😯🔇🥰.