The F-104 Starfighter was a revolutionary design with short razor-sharp wings. It was the first aircraft to be able to maintain Mach 2 not just in short bursts. The Starfighter shattered speed and rate of climb records that still are impressive today. This extremely high speed earned the plane the nickname “The Missile With A Man In It”. Because of financial considerations 15 or more countries purchased the F-104. The Starfighter flew with the USAF in 1958 and the last airplane was decommissioned in Italy in 2004 Built in 1960 by Lockheed as F-104F c/n 283-5064 it was a dedicated training aircraft without offensive weapons or radar. Originally given the code BB+377 and assigned to the WaSLw10 Luftwaffe in 1967 the codes were revised and BB+377 became 29+13. On March 6, 1970 this aircraft was written off while doing practice touch-and-goes at Jevers AB. Apparently after one of the landings the pilot retracted the landing gear too soon and the aircraft did a belly landing destroying the aircraft both occupants were unhurt.