starfighter


Everyone who goes to the Canadian Warplane Museum takes a picture of this CF-104 Starfighter that points to the sky outside, so of course I had to take a picture too!

The design principle of the Starfighter was simple; build a missile and put a pilot in it! The idea worked and this aircraft was capable of sustained speeds of Mach 2.2 (that is 1,400 mph or 2,334 km/h) and a comfortable cruising speed of Mach 1.2 (that is 915 mph or 1,473 km/h). Its service ceiling was 58,000 ft., but in May 1958 some chap got his all the way up to 91,243 feet! The downside of this aircraft was it was demanding to fly and nicknamed the “widow-maker” on account of a high accident rate.

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