In the late 1950s, the RCAF began looking for a replacement for the Sabres in its NATO squadrons in Europe. The lightweight and exceptionally fast Lockheed F-104G was selected and produced under licence by Canadair in Montreal.
- Wingspan: 6.68 m
- Length: 16.69 m
- Powerplant: 1 x Orenda J79-OEL 7 afterburning turbojet (44 kN thrust, 67 kN with afterburner)
- Maximum Speed: 2,334 km/h
- Cruise Speed: 982 km/h
- Range: 2630 km
- Crew: 1–2
Excerpt from Alberta Aviation Museum – 30 Years of Progress
The museum’s aircraft is a Lockheed TF-104G bought from a museum in the Netherlands and is finished as CF-104D #104651 of 417 Squadron. During a training fight in June 1980 out of Cold Lake, 651 ingested a pelican, destroying the engine. Captain Rick Wall (Canada) and Hauptmann Harold Riedel (Germany) successfully ejected, and 651 became one of the 110 Starfighters to crash in Canadian service, out of the 200 built.
You can learn more about this aircraft by purchasing a copy of our 30th Anniversary Souvenir Book or by visiting the museum today!