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You couldn't get me into a Tesla at gunpoint. At this rate they make being a jet jockey look like a sedate occupation*...
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If my thread title sounded unfeeling that's an unfortunate consequence of its accuracy.


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"The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was fast, beautiful, and a death trap, earning the “flying coffin” nickname while suffering over thirty mishaps per 100000 flight hours (it was also known as the “Missile with a Man in It”). Over 50% of F-104s in Canadian service were lost in crashes, over 30% in German."

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Geeze...I'd better quit tossing my cordless drills around. And, park my 104.
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Dan - reminds me of the Ford Pinto's of the early/mid 70s with the exploding gas tanks

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Dan - reminds me of the Ford Pinto's of the early/mid 70s with the exploding gas tanks
That’s a good analogy Vince . Those lithium batteries are an accident waiting to happen

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*The Five Worst Fighter Aircraft of All Time | The National Interest
"The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was fast, beautiful, and a death trap, earning the “flying coffin” nickname while suffering over thirty mishaps per 100000 flight hours (it was also known as the “Missile with a Man in It”). Over 50% of F-104s in Canadian service were lost in crashes, over 30% in German."
We ought to sell those to Iran, tell them to get rid of their MIG's.
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Have read some very bad things about lithium batteries. Found out, after I bought it, that my new camera has a rechargeable lithium battery in it. Yay.

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Have read some very bad things about lithium batteries. Found out, after I bought it, that my new camera has a rechargeable lithium battery in it. Yay.
Ummm. I think almost everything has lithium batteries , cell phones ,pace makers, you name it.
Geez , thinking about a fire in my chest is kind of scary
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Have read some very bad things about lithium batteries. Found out, after I bought it, that my new camera has a rechargeable lithium battery in it. Yay.
That little cell isn't anywhere near as scary as the Tesla charging wall is.... and you can stack up to 10 of them

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I can't afford one, anyway. Will stick to my Dodge truck and my Ford Ecosport.

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Chuck Yeager had a privately owned F104 and seemed to love it. Although it was big, it really had small wings and also used wing tip tanks. I don't recall any more recent jets that had that feature. It's top speed was 1,400 mph.

It was designed at the famed "Skunk Works" headed by Kelly Johnson, starting in 1952. it had a very light airframe and used the most powerful engine available. It wasn't used as much by the USAF, but sold in high numbers to NATO alliance states. You can see in the picture that it's all engine. Beautiful creature of the air, even though it had a bad reputation with pilots. I recall reading that on bombing runs, that it took 10,000 feet to pull out of a dive. Interesting part of aviation history.
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