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    Interesting new use for Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

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    I like it! I hope the idea works for them.

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    Very interesting change in a non-tactical role. However, it will still have the same problems, therefore it may be difficult to find pilots.
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    Talk about repurposing something old! Had a model of one when I was a kid. Received it as a present on my 9th or 10th birthday (I do know I was in Grade School). Hope they can find the pilots.
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    My father was a WWII fighter pilot (P51's) and was an engineer for Hughes Aircraft Co in California. He and I kept up with aviation and airplanes through the years. He said that the F104 was basically an X-15 with landing gear. And the X-15 was not an easy aircraft to fly. Ask Scott Crossfield. I agree that finding pilots (or training would be pilots) might be an issue but also qualified maintenance crews to keep them flying.
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    F104 was called "the Widowmaker" for a while, if I remember correctly. Maybe some fly-by-wire electronics will help.

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    I have a neighbor that flew the 104.
    He had to punch out of 2.

    He hated that plane.

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    F-104s do come on the market occasionally. The Starfighter was a hot airplane and some pilots found it all too easy to wind up behind the aircraft, particularly on landing. The 104's tiny wing did not like to fly low and slow.
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