This art depicts a Lockheed F-104, specifically, F-104C-5-LO Starfighter s/n 56-0914. On May 18, 1958, an F-104A set a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph, and on December 14, 1959, an F-104C set a world altitude record of 103,395 feet. The Starfighter was the first aircraft to hold simultaneous official world records for speed, altitude and time-to-climb.
Designed as a supersonic superiority fighter, the F-104 was produced in two major versions. Armed with a six-barrel M-61 20mm Vulcan cannon it served as a tactical fighter and, equipped additionally with heat-seeking Sidewinder missiles, as a day-night interceptor. Development of the F-104 began in 1952 and the first XF-104 made its initial flight in 1954.
This aircraft, s/n 56-0914, served with the USAF in West Germany, Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. It also won the 1962 USAF "William Tell" fighter weapons meet competition. It was flown to the USAF Museum in August 1975.