F-104A Phase II Flight Evaluation
AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA
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The performance of the F-104A is superior to the performance of other Century Series Fighters currently in production. Low internal fuel capacity severely limits the combat radius of action. This factor, together with the large variations of performance with temperature change, the high speed and high altitude capabilities, all combine to complicate optimum utilization of the aircraft. Successful integration of the F-104A into the SAGE system is essential if its maximum potential as an interceptor is to be realized. The fine handling characteristics in the normal flight region are offset by an uncontrollable pitch-up at high angles of attack which increases in severity during accelerated maneuvers. Spin recovery has not been demonstrated. Characteristics preceding pitch-up are similar to those experienced in the F-101, but result in more violent maneuvers. It is expected that little or no natural warning will occur at supersonic speeds and that the high loud factors encountered in a supersonic pitch-up may lead to loss of both aircraft and pilot.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft