F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Florida

F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Florida

Postby sovietjet on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 12:24 am

Inside the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, one can find eight F-104s in immaculate condition. Not all are airworthy but it is still an impressive sight. During my visit, there were no flights planned. The guys at Starfighters Aerospace were nice enough to pull out one of the F-104s, I chose the black one. Weather was very variable, I waited about 30 minutes for a passing rain shower but it actually ended up working in my favor. It is difficult to see these birds in the air, as they don't fly often and don't make any public appearances at the moment. So, maybe sometime in the future I hope to see them in action. The hangar is also shared with a few of NASA's Hueys.

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N991SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N991SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N991SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N991SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N991SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N991SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N991SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N991SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed CF-104D Starfighter N104RB Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G Starfighter N990SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr


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ImageLockheed CF-104G N104RN and F-104S N993SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed F-104S N993SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed CF-104G N104RD Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed TF-104G N992SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed CF-104G N104RN and F-104S N993SF Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageLockheed CF-104G Starfighter N104RN Starfighters Aerospace by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageBell UH-1H Huey II N416NA NASA by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby BigClick67 on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 9:08 am

:love: Great stuff! I didn't know that they have that many Starfighters, amazing!
btw, what is 'KANON'? N104RN: are you sure that this is a CF-104G? Never heard of such a variant... Image 13 shows two Starfighters at the far end of the hangar in the upper right corner, the right one in white pointing its grey nose to the camera. Which one is that, please?
Thank you for sharing these rarities with us! :clap:
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby MingtheMerciless on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 12:01 pm

BigClick67 wrote:....
btw, what is 'KANON'? ............


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Great photos ... looks good in matt black .... I didn't realise they operated so many
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby rf104g on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 1:33 pm

Nice to see them still looking so good :clap:
In picture 13 is 57-1296, N65354, F-104B ex RJAF 901/B

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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby sovietjet on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 7:43 pm

BigClick67 wrote::love: Great stuff! I didn't know that they have that many Starfighters, amazing!
btw, what is 'KANON'? N104RN: are you sure that this is a CF-104G? Never heard of such a variant... Image 13 shows two Starfighters at the far end of the hangar in the upper right corner, the right one in white pointing its grey nose to the camera. Which one is that, please?
Thank you for sharing these rarities with us! :clap:


N104RN is listed as such in FAA database, I don't know much about F-104 versions so I just copied from there

https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquir ... rtxt=104RN

In image 13, that grey one in the back had no visible registration so I don't know it.
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby effects on Mon 31 Dec 2018, 7:27 pm

sovietjet wrote:
BigClick67 wrote::love: Great stuff! I didn't know that they have that many Starfighters, amazing!
btw, what is 'KANON'? N104RN: are you sure that this is a CF-104G? Never heard of such a variant... Image 13 shows two Starfighters at the far end of the hangar in the upper right corner, the right one in white pointing its grey nose to the camera. Which one is that, please?
Thank you for sharing these rarities with us! :clap:


N104RN is listed as such in FAA database, I don't know much about F-104 versions so I just copied from there

https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquir ... rtxt=104RN

In image 13, that grey one in the back had no visible registration so I don't know it.

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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby andrewn on Tue 01 Jan 2019, 7:48 pm

Really nice - I'm going there in March so be good to take a look for myself. How did you get to them, can you just drive or walk up from KSC?
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby sovietjet on Fri 04 Jan 2019, 5:07 pm

andrewn wrote:Really nice - I'm going there in March so be good to take a look for myself. How did you get to them, can you just drive or walk up from KSC?


No, KSC is a secure facility. I contacted them beforehand, so I suggest you contact them and work out these logistics.
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby CJS on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 3:14 pm

How often do these actually ever fly? I always thought the one in Norway was the only flying one!
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby sovietjet on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 5:56 pm

CJS wrote:How often do these actually ever fly? I always thought the one in Norway was the only flying one!


It is sporadic, and depends on whatever needs they have. I'd estimate at least once a month.
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby Sid-104 on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 7:43 pm

Do they still take part at airshow in the local area? I'm not sure on this but I think Titusville and Daytona beach have been venues, even after they took on the present work contract.

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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby sovietjet on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 3:23 am

Sid-104 wrote:Do they still take part at airshow in the local area? I'm not sure on this but I think Titusville and Daytona beach have been venues, even after they took on the present work contract.

Sid.


They no longer fly at the airshows
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby andy759 on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 8:36 am

I was lucky enough to see them at Mc dill airfest in 2018 , three aircraft formation one of the high lights for me
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby Danny on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 12:02 pm

Thanks for posting these - it must have been awe-inspiring being amongst all those!
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby warferry on Thu 10 Jan 2019, 10:04 am

3 in the air at Andrews arshow 2008.
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Re: F-104 Starfighters Aerospace at Kennedy Space Center Flo

Postby wallace on Thu 10 Jan 2019, 10:12 am

Wow, good to know that more are around.

A beautiful set of photos Ivan, there can't be that many out there that are not a wee touch jealous :)
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