Starfighters of November

A President John F. Kennedy’s visit to a Naval Air Station Key West after Cuban Missile Crisis, in November 1962. He rides in 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible. The jets on the background are F-104C Starfighters from a 435th TFS.
Why the USAF interceptor jets are on a Naval base? Well, shortly before Cuban Missile Crisis the Key West radar site became one of the NORAD’s early warning facilities with a USAF squadron operating it.
The 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron from 479th Tactical Fighter Wing was re-deployed there from Germany where it was stationed since the Berlin Wall Crisis of 1961.
The squadron’s objective was to carry out an air strikes against Cuban forces in case of invasion on Cuba.
The photo by the U.S. Navy.
Information regarding an F-104 with a tail number 56-0928 was obtained here:
http://www.916-starfighter.de/F-104_USA_Berlin%20crisis.pdf
As Mr. Robert E. Stockton (USAF, ret.) is kindly added in a Facebook group dedicated to an F-104: The jets pictured and deployed from the 435th TFS, 479th Wing, George AFB were F104C’s. I was on both deployments.
Therefore I’m changing the model in a text from an F-104A to an F-104C.
Thank you, Mr. Stockton!
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5 thoughts on “Starfighters of November

  1. If you are concerned about the jet model, you may also want to correct the car. It is a 1963 model, not a 1961 🙂

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    1. Love the photo…the jets, the Airman at attention saluting their commander in chief and the car…thanks for posting it.

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      1. You’re welcome, James. I’m also love the photo because it shows a rare instance of an Air Force cooperation with its old rival – the Navy. Sorry for such a belated reply and thanks for visiting the blog.

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  2. I WAS A MEMBER OF THE 435TFS FROM GEORGE AFB WE DEPLOYED TO RAMSTEIN AFB GERMANY IN 1961 BUT I RETURNED TO GEORGE EARLY GREAT AIRCRAFT GREAT SQD I LOVED OUR GERMANY DEPLOYMENT BUT IT COST ME A GREAT GIRLFRIEND BACK IN VICTORVILLE CALIFORNIA .

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