Batplane III

Batman No. 167 (November 1964) finally introduced a significantly different design for the Batplane.

A shorter fuselage and wingtip tanks are the most obvious change in the first panel showing the new Batplane.
In this panel, the Batplane looks something like an A-4 Skyhawk, only the Skyhawk never was fitted with wingtip tanks.
However, in this panel, it looks much more like an F-104 Starfighter, which was often fitted with wingtip tanks (since the F-104 had so little room for fuel and the tanks actually improved handling).
Another panel that leans toward the F-104 as a base for the Batplane of 1964.
An actual Lockheed F-104 Starfighter for comparison.

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