As the world’s first Mach 2 production jet, the F-104 re-wrote performance books for speed, altitude and time-to-climb. The Starfighter's achievements include a world record of 103,395 feet (31,515 meters) set in 1959 and a time-to-climb record of 266.03 seconds to reach 82,020 feet (25,000 meters) in 1958. Development of the F-104 coincided with the need of the West German, Netherlands, Belgian and Italian air forces for a new NATO weapons system to fulfill their European defense role. The Starfighter's performance ultimately led to agreements for the aircraft to be built in those four European countries as well as Canada and Japan.
Lockheed and its licensees built more than 20 different models of the F-104 between 1954 and 1979. Principally flown by the armed forces of 15 nations as fighter interceptors,
Displayed here is the two-place F-104D version which was built primarily for transition training of new pilots for the U.S. Tactical Air Command.
54.8 ft. (16.66 m) length.
13.5 ft. (4.09 m) height.
21.9 ft. (6.63 m) wing span.
13,073 lb. (5,930 kg) empty weight.
Prime Contractor: Lockheed California Company.
Maximum Speed: Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound).
Date: First flight of prototype, 1954. In production until 1979.
Total Manufactured: 2,583.
Maximum Range: 1,400 nautical mi. (2250 km).
Engine Type: One General Electric J-79-GE-7 turbojet with afterburner.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 34° 10.328′ N, 118° 19.104′ W. Marker is in Burbank, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on West Olive Avenue west of North Lomita Street, on the right when traveling west. Located at Olive Recreation Center in George Izay Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1111 W Olive Ave, Burbank CA 91506, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burbank Branch Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Burbank Post Office
Also see . . .
1. History Museum Next Door. The Gordon R. Howard Museum Complex includes the 1887 Mentzer House, and information about Burbank history. Open Sat-Sun 1-4. (Submitted on June 4, 2018.)
2. F-104 History. Website features the only remaining F-104’s still flying. (Submitted on June 5, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on June 8, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.