Lockheed F-104A Starfighter

@ Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA

May 2017

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.

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