Why India feared Pakistan's F-104 Starfighters

Despite numbering just 12, Pakistan’s fleet of needle-like F-104 Starfighters was feared by India, especially during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, as Tom Spencer reveals

The partition of British India in August 1947 created the independent countries of India and Pakistan, resulting in a perpetual state of acrimony and mutual distrust over the border region of Kashmir that remained an open sore in relations between the two nations.

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A pair of 9 Squadron F-104A Starfighters (56- 803 in the foreground and 56-805 behind) climb to height during a training sortie from Sargodha in 1964
All images Pakistan Air Force

 

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