Lockheed F-104A Starfighter
@ Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA
Post-airshow traffic headed off-base is typically a frustrating exercise and it was no different leaving the Wings Over Solano airshow. Luckily my exit route crawled past the collection of the Travis AFB Heritage Center so I took the opportunity to pull into the lot and check out the outdoor collection. I enjoy seeing on-base aircraft exhibits since the restricted public access keeps the aircraft in better shape. Nicknamed the “missile with a man in it”, the classic F-104 was the first aircraft to achieve sustained Mach 2 flight and the first to hold speed and altitude records simultaneously, as well as the first to reach 100,000 feet. While the USAF only purchased 296 F-104s, improved F-104s sold very well overseas, serving as late as 2004. Nikon D7100 w/18-200mm, processed with Aperture.