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Like the F-104A, the B was initially powered by the J79-GE-3A as it became available.  Provisions were made for the possibility of removing the rear seat of the F-104B, fitting the 20-mm rotary cannon, and flying the aircraft as a single seater if the need arose.  however, I don't know if this was ever done in practice.  

The first recipient of the F-104B was the 83rd FIS at Hamilton AFB in California, which took on its first aircraft in early 1958.  Subsequently, all three F-104A ADC squadrons received the F-104B.  The f-104B was assigned to operational units, at a rate of four aircraft per squadron.  If required, they could be used for tactical operations.  The last of the 26 F-104B aircraft were delivered in November of 1958, against 106 originally ordered in 1957.

The performance of the F-104B was almost identical to that of the F-104A, but the lower internal fuel capacity reduced its effective range considerably.

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