F-104 Starfighter Units in Combat

F-104 Starfighter Units in Combat

Combat Aircraft 101
  • Author: Peter E. Davies
  • Illustrator: Rolando Ugolini, Gareth Hector
  • Short code: COM 101
  • Publication Date: 20 Nov 2014
  • Number of Pages: 96
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This title covers the technical characteristics of the F-104 Starfighter, one of the most widely-used and popular aircraft in history. Although built in small numbers for the USAF, the F-104C fought and survived for almost three years in Vietnam. There, it was engaged in some of the war's most famous battles including the legendary operation Bolo, where seven North Vietnamese MiGs were destroyed without the loss of a single US fighter. This small, tough and very fast fighter, dubbed 'The Missile with a Man in It', was called upon to do things it was not specifically designed for, and did them admirably. Featuring illustrations and photographs detailing the variety of nose-paint schemes and weapons configurations, this comprehensive appraisal of the F-104 Starfighter is ideal for modelling and aviation enthusiasts alike.

Biographical Note

Peter E Davies has written or co-written nineteen books on modern American combat aircraft, including the standard reference work on US Navy and Marine Corps Phantom II operations, Gray Ghosts. He is based in Bristol, UK.A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Rolando Ugolini graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1982 and moved to Suffolk soon after. His work is split between designing books, freelance graphic design and aviation illustration. Clients include EADS, Airbus and most aviation/modelling magazines. He has amassed a huge collection of artworks that now exceeds 3000!


Basic outline of chapters:
Design and development
April-November 1965
Vietnam June 1966-July 1967, 435th Tactical Fighter Sqn
Combat in Indo-Pakistani Wars
F-104s and Taiwan

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