The tired, old F-104 “Starfighter” that was removed several years ago from the entrance to the Stafford Museum and Airport has been brought back to life!
The museum’s newest outdoor display has already become an iconic monument for the region. One of the most revolutionary aircraft ever built – the Lockheed F-104 “Starfighter” – is now situated just outside the museum’s front entrance, majestically pointing nearly six stories straight up into the sky. After three years of planning, engineering, and restoration by museum staff, volunteers, and corporate donors, the aircraft has been painstakingly lifted to its new loft.
The specific F-104 on display at the Stafford Air & Space Museum, (S/N 56-932), has a great history. In 1961, it was sent to Germany by President Kennedy during the “Berlin Crisis” when the city was being divided by the construction of the Berlin Wall that brought the “Cold War” to the edge of World War III. In 1965, #932 became an actual “war-bird” when it was one of only 29 F-104s sent to Vietnam, where it would fly more than fifty missions.