Starfighter scandal: Did Germany's Lockheed F-104 deserve its bad name?

Fatal crashes and a bribery affair — the reputation of the Lockheed F-104 in Germany could hardly have been worse. But the Starfighter barely deserved its bad name

Even now, the name Starfighter is a byword for controversy in Germany. News features, TV dramas and documentaries still hark back to the days when the Lockheed F-104 was constantly in the headlines for the wrong reasons. As the accidents and fatalities mounted, so did public concern and press outrage. Once applied, the ‘widowmaker’ epithet proved almost impossible to shake off.

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