Ejection Seats

This page shows and describes all the used ejection seats inside all F-104 Starfighter versions.

The F-104 Starfighter has been operated in many Air Forces all over the world and during the operations some changes have been applied to the ejection seat system.
Beneath an overview of the types used between the first flight and today. In general these are:

Model 551 downward ejection seat

XF-104

C-1 downward ejection seat

F-104 A, B, C, D

C-2 upward ejection seat

F-104 A, B, C, D, J, DJ, F, G, TF (retrofit to A, B, C & D models in the early sixties)

Martin Baker Q7 seat (different versions)

F-104 G, S, ASA, ASA-M and TF-104G, G/M used in Italy, Denmark, Norway, Germany (also at Luke AFB in the USA), Turkey, Taiwan and Greece.

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No 551 Seat

Inside both XF-104 prototypes these downward ejection seat were used.

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STANLEY C1

In the early F-104 Starfighters the Lockheed C1 downward ejection seat were used but these were soon replaced by the Lockheed C2 upward ejection seats. (Photos thanks to Theo Stoelinga and Lockheed)

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LOCKHEED C2

First upward firing ejection seat was the Lockheed C2 seat, used on most Starfighters. (Photos thanks to Mark Wassenaar, Ioannis Mylonas and Ferry van der Geest)

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LOCKHEED C2 (zero-zero) II

Some state that within certain Air Forces the Lockheed C2 ejection seats have been modified by replacing the explosive section by a more powerful version which should give the pilots more changes when ejecting a very low level.

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MARTIN BAKER GQ7A

To assure zero-zero ejection (from ground and above) operations the Italian Air Force decided to modify their Starfighters by replacing the original Lockheed C2 seats by Martin Baker MBGQ7A seats. Also the lateron developed F-104S got this seat as standard from production.

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MARTIN BAKER IQ-7A

This version of the the Martin Baker seat has been implemented inside German and Danish F-104s and has similar specifications as the used GQ-7A version used in Italy.

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