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"This fighter is better suited to air-to-air combat, but I bet you can use it as an attack plane."
Harry's description of this plane in the shop.

The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is an infamous interceptor, beginning its service life in 1958. Although initially developed for the US Air Force, it would later be developed as an export craft, for rather mixed results. This plane is notorious for having a high crash rate for the time, due to a large mixture of different factors, such as misinterpretation of the aircraft's role, inexperience in the pilots of the craft, and other notable aspects. It only appears in Airforce Delta Strike, where it is usable by Rick Campbell.

Design

A very interesting craft. It is a single-engine design with a vertical stabilizer with two rear wings mounted on the top of the stabilizer (a common design decision at the time). It has two stubby wings, and a large, standard-shaped front section. This plane was often nicknamed the "lawn dart" for this design alone (among other factors).

Performance

An okay early-game plane. This plane is essentially a straight upgrade to the Lightning F6 you already have. The stats are nigh identical, except this plane has slightly higher speed and a minute defense increase. Aside from that, it's basically the same; same special weapon, same anti air and ground stats, it's just an okay plane. Despite what Harry says, it's not exactly a great idea to attack ground targets, thanks to the poor defenses and low anti ground stats. Rocket Pods are decent for anti ground, though, so... It's your choice. You'll be getting better soon enough.

Statistics

(Clockwise starting from top)

Type Stats
Anti Air Attack:Medium-high
Mobility:Medium
Defense:Low (1700 HP)
Anti Ground Attack:Very low
Thrust:Low
Speed:Medium

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Trivia

  • Harry's shop quote may be a slight nod to how this plane was used for anti ground attack, despite not being designed for such a role, for usually disastrous results.
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