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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