The fate of the German Starfighter

 

 
 
F-104F
F-104G
TF-104G
Total
Greece (Defense Assistance)  
58
23
81
[1]
Turkey (Defense Assistance)  
165
36
201
[2]
ROCAF (sold to USAF)  
39
27
66
(ROCAF Phase I lot)  
(13)
(10)
(23)
(ROCAF Phase II lot)  
(9)
(5)
(14)
(ROCAF Phase III lot)  
(17)
(12)
(29)
NASA  
1
2
3
AMI  
--
6
6
   
RNoAF  
--
2
2    
spares (ETG)  
81
--
81
   
crashed (written off) 11
247
34
292
   
BDRT, preserved, instructional 19 158 7 184    
           
Total 30 749 137 916    
 
remarks:
[1] including 4 for spares, 17 were RF-104G
[2] including 12 for spares
 
During 30 years of flying there were 1.975.646 hours accumulated. The average per aircraft was 2.157 flight hours.
A total of 292 F-104 were lost in accidents, with the tragic death of 116 pilots.
That accounts for one loss per 6.630 flying hours, which is actually a normal value according to international standards.
 
compiled by: Hubert Peitzmeier
update: April 3, 2011