Created at the request of the USAF F-104 Starfi ghter experienced a relatively short career in his home country and the number of units that were equipped with low. But the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed believed in his plane and wanted especially profitable investments he had placed in him. He quickly proposed export in the context of what was called at the time "the market of the century" and several allies allowed the United States to acquire the unit, transformed for the occasion in fighter-bomber afi n adapt to the requirements of its new owners. Success was the appointment since over 80% of Starfi ghter products, including licensed in Europe, Japan and Canada, were used by a dozen countries. The careers of these aircraft, although long was not free of incidents that tarnished the reputation of the F-104, and although the attrition rate of this device was similar or even lower than other devices reputedly more "safe".
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