Lockheed F-104DJ Starfighter 207 Sqn., JASDF “26-5001”. Only 1,000 produced, of which very few of this superb model have been imported to the UK, so get one while you can.
The Japanese Air Self Defense Force operated 210 F-104Js and 20 F-104DJs. The DJ was the two-seater version of the J. The DJ electronics and other systems were compatible with the single-seat J. The F-104 entered service with the JASDF in October 1966. These aircraft were used solely for interceptor roles. The last JASDF F-104 was retired in March 1986. Some of the retired aircraft were transferred to Taiwan. F-104DJ 26-5001 was c/n 583B-5401, the first aircraft built of this variant. The F-104 Starfighter was the first aircraft to be able to maintain Mach 2 not just in short bursts. The Starfighter shattered speed and rate of climb records that still are impressive today. This extremely high speed earned the plane the nickname “The Missile With A Man In It”. The F-104 was operated by approximately 15 countries. The Starfighter first flew with the USAF in 1958 and the last airplane was decommissioned in Italy in 2004.