How an Old-School F-104 Could Beat an F-15 In Battle
The National Interest -

Dario Leone

Security, Americas

Or not?

"I was the flight lead and intended to use as much deception as I could."

The Lockheed F-104 was the first operational fighter capable of sustaining speeds above Mach 2.

Thanks to this ability the Starfighter was a huge leap forward when strictly compared to the old subsonic and “forgiving” jets. Nevertheless when the air-to-air engagements took place at subsonic speeds, the lack of wing area put the F-104 at a disadvantage against more traditional...

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