Aircraft Photo of 57-1312 / 71312 | Lockheed F-104D Starfighter | USA - Air Force | #286508
Registration / Serial:"57-1312"
Alternate Serial:71312
Military Code:FG-312
Aircraft Original Type:Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
Aircraft Generic Type:Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
Aircraft Version:Lockheed F-104D Starfighter
C/n (msn):483-5042
Operator / Titles:USA - Air Force
City / Airport:Atwater - CastleMap
Region / Country:California, United States
Airport Codes:ICAO: KMER   IATA: MER   Local: MER   Other: -
Collection:Castle Air Museum
Photo Date:22 September 2010
Photo by:Aad van der Voet
Photo ID: 286508
Photo Comment

This Starfighter was first seen on display here in Oct 1986. The serial carried is definitely false (F-104B 57-1312 was delivered to Pakistan), but there has been much debate about this aircraft's actual identity. It is almost certain now that it is in fact 57-1330 c/n 483-5042 (based on a gun bay and old cockpit canopy combination seen only on that aircraft before), but there is also a remote possibility that it is 57-1314 which was last seen stored at Mojave, CA in Jan 1978.

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