About This File
Lockheed Starfighter F.1B for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2:Europe
This is a simple mod of the stock Third Wire F-104G to give a 'what if' Starfighter F.1B interceptor-fighter with markings for No.19 and No.92 squadrons of RAF Germany as they might have appeared during the mid-1970's through to the early 1980's.
This mod requires you to have SF2E for the F-104G LODs which are, of course, NOT included here.
With no Hunter replacement on the horizon and with the Lightning programme progressing slowly (and being clearly of no use in the tactical fighter role) the RAF suddenly became interested in the F-104-7 (later renamed F-104G) Starfighter
programme during 1958 and in April 1959 followed West Germany in ordering the type as the Starfighter F.1 for air defence and the Starfighter FGA.2 as a tactical fighter for both RAF Germany and also for No.38 Group.
The initial production versions were the F.1 for RAF Fighter Command (equipping No.56 and No.74 squadrons) and the almost identical F.1A for RAF Germany (equipping No.19 and No.92 squadrons at RAF Wildenrath and differing only in avionics)
and these were manufactured by Canadair and were powered by the Orenda-built J79 OEL-9 engine developing 10,500lbs of thrust dry and 16,000lbs of thrust with reheat. Entering service with No.56 squadron in 1962 the Starfighter F.1 introduced the Firestreak infra-red homing air-to-air missile and also the Skylance radar-guided air-to-air missile (based on the American Sparrow) carried on underwing pylons. During 1971 and 1972 33 of the original batch of 50 Starfighter F.1A's were converted to F.1B's in a modest upgrade programme mainly consisting of improved avionics and NATO standard navigational aids but also including the ability to use the forthcoming Skyflash missile. The converted F.1B's all left BAC Warton with a new coat of matt green paint and the new 'B' type tactical markings although both squadrons at RAF Wildenrath lost no time in getting their distinctive checkerboard markings back on their aircraft.
1. Drop the Starfighter_F1B folder into your Aircraft folder.
2. Empty the contents of the Weapons folder into your Weapons folder.
3. Sprinkle the contents of the Decals folder into your main Decals folder.
BIG THANKS to TK for the continuous improvement of a great little game/sim.
Special thanks to Russo for the Firestreak air-to-air missile from his superb Lightning F.6 (check it out).
I'm not sure who made this 'matt finish' F-104 170-gal tip-tank but thanks and I owe you a beer.
And thanks to everyone in the wider Third Wire community.
Version 1 - 30/12/09