Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight
to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Pre-flighting a F-104:

The F-104 probably killed almost as many Luftwaffe pilots as did the RAF.


BadTux said...

The aluminum lawn dart, eh?

Actually was a decent fighter for what it was designed for -- which is not what the Luftwaffe used it for, thanks to bribes to politicians that forced it upon the Luftwaffe for a role it was ill suited for.

Deadstick said...

110 Luftwaffe pilots, to be precise. There aren't enough piston hours in the world to prep you to fly a tricked-out high-altitude interceptor in a low-altitude fighter-bomber role in European weather...;-(

I'll bet the survivors weren't amused to see the F-16 called a lawn dart.

dinthebeast said...

From the album "Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters":

"We don't just need a fair weather fighter"
"OK, we can make some modifications and call it the F-104G"
"104 G?"
"G for Germany"

-Doug in Sugar Pine

Old NFO said...

Yep, killed a LOT of pilots due to mis-application of the airframe.