Lockheed F-104S Starfighter – 9 Stormo, 10 Gruppo, Aeronautica Militare, Grazzanise AB, Italy, October 2004
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA1045: Lockheed F-104S Starfighter of 9 Stormo, 10 Gruppo, Aeronautica Militare, Grazzanise AB, Italy, October 2004. Production run of 600 models.
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 3.75 inches
F-104S Starfighter MM6934 was delivered to the Italian Air Force in September 1978 and assigned to the 36th Wing. In June 1984 MM6934 was assigned to 5 Stormo as 5-37. In April 2000 the aircraft was converted into an ASA-M and after several more moves the aircraft was assigned to 10 Gruppo/9 Stormo on November 11, 2001. On October 11, 2004 MM6934 of 9 Stormo completed its final flight as 9-51 having flown 3,836 hours. In 2014 the aircraft became a monument located at Grazzanise.
Designed to meet a need for an aircraft that could successfully compete against the MiG-15 in Korea, the F-104 Starfighter was first flown on February 20, 1958. American pilots believed that the F-86 Sabre was too large and complex to outmaneuver the lighter MiG, and they wanted a smaller, simpler, high-performance aircraft to replace it. The resulting design was a light, aerodynamic airframe wrapped around a powerful J79 turbojet engine. The F-104C was used by the USAF from 1958 until 1967, but most of the 2,578 production Starfighters were built and flown by members of NATO, including the Italian Air Force, which didn’t retire it until 2004.