An illustrated technical history of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter supersonic interceptor and fighter-bomber. One of the Century Series of aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. The different versions of the plane, from the prototypes to the final export and license built versions are described and illustrated; all the changes in specification, equipment and performance are recorded. Drawings and data from the original technical manuals, full dimensional details and photographs of surviving examples preserved in aviation museums illustrate all aspects of the airframe, inside and out. Contemporary photographs and many pages of color illustrations complete the book's comprehensive coverage. About 40 color profiles. Profusely illustrated with photos, including walk-around section showing all aspects of the airframe, and diagrams from official manuals. Includes 1/72nd scale plans, and color profiles showing many of the colorful schemes applied to the Starfighter by its users, including anniversary schemes. Examines and presents a completely documented, comprehensive coverage from the prototypes to the final export and license-built versions. They are all fully described and beautifully illustrated plus he listed all the changes in specification, equipment and performance records....As a modeler, I found lots of cool and interesting paint schemes and different versions of the plane. It's all here; the color illustrations, the color walk around photographs and rare b&w archive photographs that all modelers love. If you're looking for unusual European camouflage or bare metal airframes chances are you'll find what you're looking for and more. Looking for a handy, lavishly illustrated history of the F-104 jet fighter? Look no further than MMP's latest!...What a cool, colorful, convenient compendium. Make MMP's Starfighter study part of your Cold War reference library!