Starfighter of Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire-EdA)


The 21 F-104 for Spain were manufactured by Lockheed and Canadair for the MAP program.
The first 2 TF-104G came out of a lot of 18 planes manufactured by Lockheed, which had been ordered in the year 1962.
Another 11 F-104G came out of a lot of 38 planes manufactured by Canadair, which had been ordered in the year 1963.
The last 7 F-104G single seater came out of another lot of 10 planes manufactured by Canadair and had been ordered during the same year than the previous lot of 1963. Finally, the TF-104G bought as property and also manufactured by Lockheed, was the only unit ordered and manufactured in the year 1965.
These 21 F104 were assigned the Spanish classification identity as C.8 and CE.8.
The EdA Starfighters had the distinction of operating without a single accident during their seven years of service. They were formally retired from EdA service in May of 1972, when they were replaced by the F-4C Phantom. All of the EdA Starfighter were returned to the USAF for transfer to Greece and Turkey.

 

Spanish codes:

 

serial number
Lockheed/Canadair

construction number
Lockheed/Canadair

Spanish
serial number

tactical numbers of Escuadrón

year 1965

year 1967

year 1968

63-12715

683D-6067

C.8-1

161-11

104-11

104-01

  63-12716

683D-6068

C.8-2

161-12

104-12

104-02

63-12717

683D-6069

C.8-3

161-13

104-13

104-03

63-12718

683D-6070

C.8-4

161-14

104-14

104-04

63-12720

683D-6072

C.8-5

161-15

104-15

104-05

63-12727

683D-6079

C.8-6

161-16

104-16

104-06

63-12730

683D-6082

C.8-7

161-17

104-17

104-07

63-12731

683D-6083

C.8-8

161-18

104-18

104-08

63-13640

683D-6089

C.8-9

161-19

104-19

104-09

63-13642

683D-6091

C.8-10

161-20

104-20

104-10

63-13641

683D-6090

C.8-11

161-21

104-21

104-11

63-13643

683D-6092

C.8-12

161-22

104-22

104-12

63-13644

683D-6093

C.8-13

161-23

104-23

104-13

63-12732

683D-6084

C.8-14

161-24

104-24

104-14

63-12733

683D-6085

C.8-15

161-25

104-25

104-15

63-12734

683D-6086

C.8-16

161-26

104-26

104-16

63-13638

683D-6087

C.8-17

161-27

104-27

104-17

63-13639

683D-6088

C.8-18

161-28

104-28

104-18

62-12278

583C-5523

CE.8-1 / CE.8-21

161-01

104-01

104-21

62-12279

583C-5524

CE.8-2 / CE.8-22

161-02

104-02

104-22

65-9415

583C-5529

CE.8-3 / CE.8-23

161-03

104-03

104-23

Timeline:

Squadron 61 (Wing 6) from February 1965 to April 1965
Squadron 161 (Wing 16) from April 1965 to November 29, 1967
Squadron 104 (Independent) from November 29, 1967 to May 27, 1971
Squadron 104 (Wing 12) from May 27, 1971 to May 31, 1971
Squadron 122 (Wing 12) from May 31, 1971 to May 31, 1972

5 F-104G, 2 TF-104G (MAP) to Spain on January 15, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS.
To 61 Escuadrón (Ala de Caza 6 (Fighter Wing)) Torrejon AB; first aircraft was coded "FG-715" 32715.
The Squadron 61 was in charge of welcoming the first F-104G that arrived early in1965, but this numerical designation was never applied to the F-104G because early in April of the same year, the structure of the Air Force was changed and it affected Ala (Wing) Nr 6, which became Ala (Wing) Nr 16.
161 Escuadrón (Ala de Caza 16 (Fighter Wing)) Torrejon AB on April 1, 1965, coded as "161-11".
March 5, 1965 was the official presentation.
13 F-104G (MAP) to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS.
1 TF-104G sold to Spain on January 5, 1966 by ship to Rota NAS.
November 3, 1967 renamed to 104 Escuadrón (independent) coded "104-11", renumbered as "104-01" in 1968.
February 27, 1969 8000 flight hours were flown accident free.
July 7, 1969 10000 flight hours were flown without an accident.
Renamed 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971 (Ala de Caza 16 (Fighter Wing)).
May 21, 1972 fly-past on Victory Day over Madrid.
Withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972; 122 Escuadrón converted to the F-4C Phantom
17707:40 hours total of accident free flights.
Even though the return was officially done to the USAF, the truth is that they were actually turned over directly to the Greek and Turkish FAA, who sent the personnel that they though was necessary for the reception and transfer.

 

Aircraft data

63-12715
construction number 683D-6067; first flight at Canadair on August 10, 1964; delivery date November 27, 1964 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-1; MAP to Spain on January 15, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-715/32715 to 61 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on March 4, 1965 with 13 flight hours; to renamed 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB coded 161-11 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-11 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-01 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 776 flight hours on May 31, 19721; back to USAF on May 31, 1972; MAP to Greece on June 8, 1972 coded "FG-715"; 32715 with 335 Mira; withdrawn from use on May 15, 1992; preserved on pole at Tripolis AB in bare-metal color scheme in 1993; 2015 last noted.

 

63-12716 construction number 683D-6068; first flight at Canadair on August 21, 1964; delivery date November 3, 1964 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-2; MAP to Spain on January 15, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-716/32716 to 61 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on March 4, 1965 with 19 flight hours; to renamed 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB coded 161-12 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-12 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-02 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 790 flight hours on May 31, 1972; back to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-12716) on June 5, 1972 coded "FG-716"; with 191 Filo of 9 AJU; written off after a crash on June 18, 1974.

 

63-12717 construction number 683D-6069; first flight at Canadair August 26, 1964; delivery date October 28, 1964 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-3; MAP to Spain on January 15, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-717/32717 to 61 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on March 12,1965 with 15 flight hours; to renamed 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB coded 161-13 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-13 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-03 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 548 flight hours on May 31, 1972; back to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Greece on June 12, 1972 coded "FG-717"; 32717; withdrawn from use 1993; stored Agrinion AB 1996; stored Agrinion AB September 17, 2005 last noted; preserved on concrete blocks at Heros of Polytecnics Square, (Plateia Heroon Polytechniou) in Kifisia, Athens, 2008 first noted; May 2017 last noted.

 

63-12718 construction number 683D-6070; first flight at Canadair September 3, 1964; delivery date November 19, 1964 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-4; MAP to Spain on January 15, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-718/32718 to 61 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on March 4, 1965 with 19 flight hours; to renamed 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB coded 161-14 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-14 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-04 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 725 flight hours on May 31, 1972; back to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-12716) on June 5, 1972 coded "FG-718"; unique three-color camouflage scheme resembling the SEA scheme at Murted AB noted June 16, 1974; 1982 coded “4-718”, withdrawn from use December 10, 1984, on pole at Antalya Airport coded “4-718” in gear down configuration and red tip tanks 2001; April 2006 noted, coded ‘63-2718’ on pole at the entrance of the Military base at Antalya Airport; July 20, 2008 wearing a light grey F-16 camouflage scheme; November 27, 2009; June 2011 last noted

 

63-12720 construction number 683D-6072; first flight at Canadair September 2, 1964; delivery date to USAF October 30, 1964; Spanish serial number C.8-5; MAP to Spain on January 15, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-720/32720 to 61 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on March 12, 1965 with 20 flight hours; to renamed 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB coded 161-15 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-15 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-05 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 618 flight hours on May 31, 1972; back to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Greece June 12, 1972 coded "FG-720" to 335 Mira "Tigreis" of 116 Pteriga (Wing) at Araxos AB; "Tiger" colors September 24, 1992, celebrating the units 40th anniversary; withdrawn from use March 31, 1993, the official date for the withdraw of the F-104 from service in the Hellenic Air Force; preserved coded FG-720 "Tiger" colors at "Helliniki Aeroporia Moussio" Hellenic AF Museum, Dekelia AB, Athens 1995; Dekelia (Tatoi) AB inside hanger September 17, 2005 noted; September 17, 2007 displayed outside noted; November 2010 last noted

 

63-12727 construction number 683D-6079; first flight at Canadair October 23, 1964; delivery date January 13, 1965 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-6; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-727/32727 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 8, 1965 with 25 flight hours; coded 161-16 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-16 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-06 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 640 flight hours on May 31, 1972; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Greece June 13, 1972 coded "FG-72" to 335 Mira "Tigreis" of 116 Pteriga (Wing) at Araxos AB; withdrawn from use 1992; dump Athens 1993 last noted; most likely scrapped

 

63-12730 construction number 683D-6082; first flight at Canadair October 16; 1964; delivery date February 4, 1965 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-7; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-730/32730 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 14, 1965 with 19 flight hours; coded 161-17 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-17 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-07 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; seen 1971 with Vixen recce-pod; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 775 flight hours on May 31, 1972; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Greece June 13, 1972 coded as “FG-730” to 335 Mira "Tigreis" of 116 Pteriga (Wing) at Araxos AB; stored at Agrinion AB 1993; preserved with Arms-Museum collection at Messolongi as “FG-730” 1996; November 2010 last noted

 

63-12731 construction number 683D-6083; first flight at Canadair October 20, 1964; delivery date December 17, 1964 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-8; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-731/32731 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 15, 1965 with 28 flight hours; coded 161-18 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-18 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-08 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 712 flight hours on May 31, 1972; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-12716) on June 5, 1972 coded “FG-731” with 141 Filo; crashed on June 3, 1977 near Manyas

 

63-13640 construction number 683D-6089; first flight at Canadair November 17, 1964; delivery date January 25, 1965 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-9; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-640/33640 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 8, 1965 with 14 flight hours; coded 161-19 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-19 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-09 with 104 Escuadrón 1968; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972 with 601 flight hours; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-13640) on June 5, 1972 coded “FG-640”; crashed with 141 Filo near Bolu on July 14, 1981

 

63-13642 construction number 683D-6091; first flight at Canadair November 20, 1964; delivered February 18, 1965 to USAF; MAP to Spain with serial number C.8-10; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-642/33642 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 15, 1965 with 20 flight hours; coded 161-20 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-20 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-10 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968, transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972 with 584 flight hours; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-13642) on June 5, 1972 coded FG-642; crashed near Polati after mid-air with 104-11/63-13641 on January 28, 1974

 

63-13641 construction number 683D-6090; first flight at Canadair November 20, 1964; delivery date February 17, 1965 to USAF; MAP to Spain with serial number C.8-11 on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-641/33641 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 26, 1965 with 19 flight hours; coded 161-21 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-21 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-11 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968, transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972 with 393 flight hours; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-13641) on June 5, 1972 coded FG-641; crashed near Polati after mid-air with 104-10/63-13642 on January 28, 1974

 

63-13643 construction number 683D-6092; first flight at Canadair November 30, 1964; delivered January 27, 1965 to USAF; MAP to Spain with serial number C.8-12 on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-643/33643 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 25, 1965 with 16 flight hours; coded 161-22 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-22 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-12 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968, transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972 with 676 flight hours; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; to Greece (HAF) June 14, 1972 coded FG-643 with 335 Mira; noted at NTM 1974, Bitburg AB Germany; withdrawn from use in 1991, stored at Agrinion AB 2001; November 2010 last noted

 

63-13644 construction number 683D-6093; first flight at Canadair November 30, 1964; delivered January 26, 1965 to USAF; MAP to Spain with serial number C.8-13 on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-644/33644 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 27, 1965 with 13 flight hours; coded 161-23 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-23 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-13 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968, transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972 with 506 flight hours; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-13644) on June 5, 1972 coded FG-644; crashed at Balikesir AB July 17, 1978

 

63-12732 construction number 683D-6084; flight at Canadair October 27, 1964; delivery date December 21, 1964 to USAF; MAP to Spain with serial number C.8-14 on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-732/32732 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 29, 1965 with 13 flight hours; coded 161-24 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-24 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-14 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968, transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972 with 640 flight hours; returned to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-12732) on June 5, 1972 coded FG-732; with 9 AJU 191 Filo at Balikesir 1974; crashed coded “4-732” on February 6, 1984 near Murted AB.

 

63-12733 construction number 683D-6085; first flight at Canadair October 30, 1964; delivery date January 15, 1965 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-15; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded "FG-733" 32733 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 29, 1965 with 12 flight hours; coded 161-25 in 1965; with renamed 104 Escuadrón 104-25 in 1967; coded 104-15 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; with 122 Escuadrón from May 31, 1971 until May 31, 1972; withdrawn from use with 785 flight hours on May 31, 1972; returned to USAF on May 31, 1972; to MAP to Turkish Air Force on June 5, 1972; coded “4-733” (TuAF serial number 62-733) with 4 AJU at Murted AB; withdrawn from use coded “4-733” on May 18, 1985; preserved at Anadolu AB near Eskisehir AB 1990 first noted; 1996 last noted; preserved on poles at Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi (Istanbul Technical University) 1996 in GAF color scheme; 2001 noted; restoration 2006 noted, new painted in SEA camouflage scheme in gear down configuration March 23, 2010 noted; January 2016 noted.

 

63-12734 construction number 683D-6086; first flight at Canadair November 17, 1964; delivery date February 25, 1965 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-16; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-734/32734 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on July 29, 1965 with 26 flight hours; coded 161-26 in 1965; with renamed 104 Escuadrón 104-26 in 1967; coded 104-16 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; with 122 Escuadrón from May 31, 1971 until May 31, 1972; withdrawn from use with 529 flight hours; returned to USAF on May 31, 1972; to Greece on June 12, 1972 coded FG-734 with 116 Wing, withdrawn from use in 1993; stored at Agrinion AB in 2000; stored Agrinion AB September 17, 2005 last noted; display in Vassiliada, 30 km SW of Kastoria, Kastoria Prefecture October 2006 first noted; October 2008 noted; May 2010 noted.

 

63-13638 construction number 683D-6087; first flight at Canadair November 10, 1964; delivery date January 22, 1965 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-17; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-638/33638 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on August 31, 1965 with 13 flight hours; coded 161-27 in 1965; with renamed 104 Escuadrón 104-27 in 1967; coded 104-17 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; with 122 Escuadrón from May 31, 1971 until May 31, 1972; withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972; returned to USAF on May 31, 1972; to Greece on June 13, 1972 coded FG-638 for 116 Wing; withdrawn from use in 1992; stored at Araxos in 2000; Araxos AB dump September 17, 2005 noted, May 23, 2007 noted; November 2013 last noted

 

63-13639 construction number 683D-6088; first flight at Canadair November 17, 1964; delivery date February 3, 1965 to USAF; Spanish serial number C.8-18; MAP to Spain on June 6, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded FG-639/33639 to 161 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on August 31, 1965 with 18 flight hours; coded 161-28 in 1965; with renamed 104 Escuadrón 104-28 in 1967; coded 104-18 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; with 122 Escuadrón from May 31, 1971 until May 31, 1972; withdrawn from use on May 31, 1972; returned to USAF on May 31, 1972; to Greece on June 8, 1972 coded FG-639 for 116 Wing; withdrawn from use in 1993; stored at Araxos in 2000; Araxos AB dump September 17, 2005 noted, May 23, 2007 noted; November 2013 last noted

 

62-12278 construction number 583C-5523; manufactured by Lockheed; assembly at Lockheed, Palmdale; Lockheed test flights at Palmdale, CA; Spanish serial number CE.8-1; MAP to Spain on January 15, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded TG-278/22278 to 61 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on March 24, 1965 with 11 flight hours; to renamed 161 Escuadrón of 16 ALA at Torrejon AB coded 161-01 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-01 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-21 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; Spanish serial number changed to CE.8-21; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use with 504 flight hours May 31, 1972; back to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Greece on June 12, 1972 coded "FG-278" with 335 "Tiger" Mira of 116 Pterix based at Araxos AB; seen 1974 coded "FG-278"; renumbered "TF-278" in the late 70's; withdrawn from use 1993; stored Araxos AB 2000 last noted; tail on TF-104G 22274 62-12274 November 7, 2003 noted; stored Tatoi AB (LGTT), Athens September 2005; fuselage dump November 2013 last noted

 

62-12279 construction number 583C-5524; manufactured by Lockheed; assembly at Lockheed, Palmdale; Lockheed test flights at Palmdale, CA; USAF delivery date on November 4, 1964 to Brookley AFB, Mobile, Alabama; assigned MAP on January 3, 1965; Spanish serial number CE.8-2; MAP to Spain on January 15, 1965 by ship to Rota NAS; coded TG-279/22279 to 61 Escuadrón at Torrejon AB on March 4, 1965 with 14 flight hours; to renamed 161 Escuadrón of 16 ALA at Torrejon AB coded 161-02 in 1965; 1967 coded 104-02 with renamed 104 Escuadrón; coded 104-22 with 104 Escuadrón in 1968; Spanish serial number changed to CE.8-22; IRAN at FUS (Germany) on September 29, 1969 with 593 flight hours, back to 104 Escuadrón on April 29, 1970; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use May 31, 1972; back to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to TuAF on June 5, 1972 coded "FG-279"; coded “9-279" 1981 in Vietnam camouflage scheme; coded “9-279" 1987 in Luftwaffe type camouflage scheme; withdrawn from use 1989; stored at Eskisehir for CFE cut-up June 1995 last noted; likely scrapped

 

65-9415 construction number 583C-5529; manufactured by Lockheed; assembly at Lockheed-Palmdale; Lockheed test flights at Palmdale, CA; sold to Spain coded FG-415, arrival date on January 5, 1966 by ship to Rota NAS, with serial number CE.8-3; January 29, 1966 Torrejon arrival; coded 161-03 with 161 Escuadrón of 16 ALA at Torrejon AB, Madrid on January 29, 1966; renumbered 104-03 1967 and 104-23 in 1968 because the squadron was renamed to "104"; Spanish serial number changed to CE.8-23; transferred to 122 Escuadrón on May 31, 1971; withdrawn from use May 31, 1972; back to USAF May 31, 1972; MAP to Turkish Air Force on February 5, 1973 coded "9-415” with 9.AJU; preserved Corlu AB as 9-415 on June 10, 2010 noted; September 2014 noted.

 

compiled by: Hubert Peitzmeier
updated: @ November 29, 2016
references:
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