Starfighters for Spain

Last revised December 12, 1999

Eighteen Lockheed-built F-104Gs and three Lockheed-built TF-104Gs were delivered under MAP to Spain's Ejercito del Aire in 1965. They replaced the F-86F Sabres of 61 Escuadron in Ala 6 at Torrejon. In Spanish service, they were designated C.8 (serials C.8-1 to C.8-18) and CE.8 (serials CE.8-1 to CE.8-3). The Ala 6 wing was later renumbered Ala 16 and the squadron 61 became 161 Esc and later 104 Esc.

The EdA Starfighters had the distinction of operating without a single accident during their seven years of service. They were formally retired from EdA service in May of 1972, when they were replaced by the F-4C Phantom. All of the EdA Starfighters were returned to the USAF for transfer to Greece and Turkey.


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  4. Lockheed Aircraft Since 1913, Rene J. Francillon, Naval Institute Press, 1987.

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