On 21 November 1981 an Italian Air Force F-104 Starfighter and Ferrari's Formula 1 car of the 1981 season raced eachother over the runway of the Istrana-Treviso Air Base. The Ferrari, driven by Formula 1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, won the match. On 17 September 1989 the Italian Air Force decided to commemorate this race by donating this F-104G to Ferrari, painted in the well-known red Ferrari colours.
The Netherlands AF used the locally developed Orpheus reconnaissance pod with the 306 recce squadron. After the Starfighter was withdrawn the pods were used with the F-16. These pods served well into the nineties.
This Starfighter used to be part of the collection of the former Militaire Luchtvaart Museum (MLM) at Kamp Zeist, and was displayed on a pole along the entrance road to that museum. The museum closed in June 2013 and the inventory was transferred to the collection of the new Nationaal Militair Museum (NMM). This F-104 was recently placed on display as seen here, on an abandoned taxi track at the long closed Soesterberg Air Base, on the west side of road N413, about 200m from the entrance road to the museum.