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By red
Roadrunner71 wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:23 pm
I live in the S-F east bay area town of Brentwood. I am wondering if the chance that I might get to see, and even Better Yet, get to Hear a F-104 Starfighter fly once again? What are my chances?

Not too good, for a flying F-104. Check Wikipedia for the "List of surviving Lockheed F-104 Starfighters." They show 15 of them on display, in California.

That design came from the mid-1950s. Canada had some, and I think Germany had some of the last flying units, but that was decades ago. With sailplane wings added and conventional tailfeathers, the F-104 was stretched out by Lockheed, to became the U-2 (TR-1) spyplane. We do have flying U-2 (TR-1) aircraft in the USAF inventory.

There are (expensive) RC models of the U-2 available, but I would rate them in the expert-pilots-only class of RC models. The real F-104 was a handful, so I doubt anybody would like an RC version.

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