The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, high-performance, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force. It was quickly retired as the plane was not only a fault-riddled deathtrap but also a decepticon.
Starfighter does most of it's combat in robot-mode using it's razor sharp wings to slash at enemies. Like the pilot Bob Dornan, the machine has limited understanding of human language, nuance, and humor and cannot be taunted, goaded, hornswoggled or hoodwinked.
The plane's metal hull is resistant to many types of physical damage, but opponents may opt to simply take a defensive stance and wait for it to lock up and explode like a flying ford pinto.