What you are looking at is a picture of a Lockheed f-104 starfighter doing what it does best. This is what speed looks like. If you were the man taking this picture you would be viewing a red and white streak blazing across a desert floor at near 1000mph. This aircraft was built to do one thing well, and that's go fast. By all accounts it sucked in every other aspect of the flight envelope. Chuck Yeager said they were difficult to land, which means they were probably nearly impossibly to safely pilot to the ground. the first flight of this aircraft was in 1954, at the time this photo was taken the f-104 had been out of service for 10 years. This is one of the greatest aircraft ever flown.