The 83rd FIS at Hamilton Air Base was the very first operational F-104 squadron in the world.
An interesting fact was that lots of pilots had their own aircraft and on a certain moment decided to add a cartoon or text zapp on the the front fuselage during the 50s.
We have no idea how many pilots had these zapps added but beneath we tried to make some kind of overview of the ones we know.
Aircraft seen with unidentified zapps were: 56-777, 56-781, 56-785, 56-795, 56-796, 56-805, 56-808, 56-810, 56-819.
One two-seater was fitted with a zapp starting with "Pussin" with a cat cartoon, sadly the serial number is unknown.
also this was seen with a few aircraft from 538th FIS of which only 56-840 was identified
|F-104A Starfighter Serial||83/538 FIS Pilot name||ZAPP information||Photo (if any)|
|56-791, 56-803 (later)||83FIS - Major Carl H. Leo||Vociferous Viking|
|56-816||83FIS - Lt. Col. Evans (Lt.Col Goetz?)||Dads Special|
|56-824||83FIS - Lt. George Davis||The Road Runner|
|56-840||538FIS - Homer C Boles||Ruler of the Roost|
|56-841||538FIS - R. T. Hanna||The Banner Snatch|
|56-???||538FIS - Unknown||unidentifiable|
|56-???||83FIS - Capt. Robert A Rayford||Miss My Iris|
|56-???||83FIS - Lt. Cmdr. Brown (USN)||Acey Deucey|
|56-???||83FIS - Lt. Jim Sherman||Jughead|
|56-???||83FIS - Lt. Edgar Grieschkov||The Bald Eagle|
|56-???||83FIS - Capt. Donald Parsons||Jayhawker|
|56-???||83FIS - Col. Louis W. Ford||Top Dog|
|56-???||83FIS - Unknown||Wailing Lady|
|57-1296||83FIS - Not applicable||Double Trouble|
|57-1298||83FIS - Not applicable||Pussin Patty|