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Beoordeel 1:72 Lockheed RNLAF TF-104G KLU, D-8114, Royal Netherlands Air Force

1:72 Lockheed RNLAF TF-104G KLU, D-8114, Royal Netherlands Air Force

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1:72 Scale model, made by Hobby Master
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True 1/72 scale.
Professionally painted.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Optional armament provided.
Canopy can be displayed open or closed.
Pilot figure included.
Extremely heavy metal with a miTrue 1/72 scale.
Professionally painted.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Optional armament provided.
Canopy can be displayed open or closed.
Pilot figure included.
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum use of plastic

The extreme shape of the Starfighter earned it the first nickname of "The Missile with a
Man in it" and some USAF pilots also called it “Zipper” or “Zipper 104” because of it’s
tremendous speed. After it proved to be challenging to fly, with high fatal accident rates,
particularly in German service the plane was given many more nicknames because of its
high speed and ability to occassionally fly itself into the ground. In Germany they referred
to it as Witwenmacher ("widowmaker"), fliegender Sarg ("flying coffin") or Erdnagel
("ground nail", the official military term for a tent peg). Others were, Pakistan Badmash
“Hooligan”, Italy because of it’s spiked nose Spillone “Hatpin” and bara volante “Flying
Coffin”, Canada “Lawn Dart”.
Primarily powered by a single 15 800 lb thrust General Electric J79-GE11A turbojet
engine, equipped with afterburner, it was capable of high speeds (just under 1300 mph)
and high rates of climb. On December 14, 1959, an F-104C set a world altitude record of
103,395 ft (31.5 km). The Starfighter was the first aircraft to hold simultaneous official
world records for speed, altitude, and time-to-climb.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Nederlandse Luchtmacht) was a major
operator of the Lockheed F-104G with 138 aircraft. Between 1962 and 1984 the KLu
used 3 variants, F-104G, TF-104G and the RF-104G.  The 138 aircraft consisted of 95 F-
104G/RF-104 built by Fokker, 25 F-104G built by FIAT and 18 TF-104G built by
Lockheed in California. The TF-104Gs were used by an operational conversion unit
known as the “Dutch Masters” and when this unit was decommissioned in January 1969
the aircraft went to “TCA”(Training en Conversie Afdeling) at Leeuwarden and “CAV”
(Conversie Afdeling Volkel), Volkel . In March 1978 “TCA” unit was decommissioned and
the remaining aircraft were assigned to the “CAV” at Volkel. When the F-104s were
completely retired in 1984 the “CAV” was decommissioned in November of that year.