German F-104 losses during training at Luke AFB
 
42 F-104 were lost during 20 years of training (+ 1 MAP aircraft loss), 22 pilots were killed
 
  date type serial
c/n
location comments fate of pilot
  16.04.1965 F-104G 62-12312
6011
Litchfield NAS area - Van Buren & Central failed to latch canopy - loss of control after take-off - MAP aircraft pilot was killed - no ejection.
  13.05.1965 F-104G 63-13236
2018
Gila Bend Range - Range 6 gunnery dive angle too steep, recovery too low, ground contact (CFIT); 4518 CCTS US IP was killed - no apparent attempt to eject.
  02.07.1965 F-104G 63-13230
2011
near Luke AFB - built-over by golf course flight control system malfunction on take-off, dart tow, pitch-up near vertical; 4518 CCTS US IP killed - ejected too low, no seat separation.
  06.07.1965 F-104G 63-13248
2032
Gila Bend Range - Range 6 flight control system malfunction - loss of control during gunnery; operated by 4512 CCTS pilot killed - ejected too low (200 feet AGL in inverted dive).
  03.03.1966 F-104G 63-13270
8003
Aguila - Harquehala Mountains fuel control malfunction during night solo flight, engine failure; operated by 4443 CCTS pilot ok - safe ejection.
  27.05.1966 F-104G 63-13259
2010
Gila Bend Range - Range 2 engine failure due to open nozzle, caused by loss of oil pressure; operated by 4443 CCTS pilot ejected safely.
  13.07.1966 F-104G 63-13277
9004
Gila Bend Range - South Tac Airfield impacted ground during weapons delivery (CFIT); operated by 4443 CCTS pilot was killed - no apparent attempt to eject.
  15.09.1966 F-104G 63-13261
8196
near Luke AFB - Litchfield Rd & Olive asymmetrical flap, loss of control after take-off pilot ok - safe ejection.
  16.09.1966 F-104G 63-13241
2024
near Luke AFB - Sun City West engine failure due to fuel control failure shortly after take-off; operated by 4518 CCTS US IP was killed - ejected but got hit by his own seat.
  24.10.1967 F-104G 63-13239
2022
60 km SE of Ajo near Pisinimo collided with 63-13267 during formation rejoin; operated by 4518 CCTS pilot ok - safe ejection.
  24.10.1967 F-104G 63-13267
2096
60 km SE of Ajo near Pisinimo collided with 63-13239 during formation rejoin; operated by 4518 CCTS pilot ok - safe ejection.
  02.08.1968 F-104G 65-12749
8064
Gila Bend Range - Range 4 loss of control after pitch-up (low pull-out) during weapons delivery; 4518 CCTS pilot was killed - ejected too low, chute did not deploy.
  05.08.1968 F-104G 63-13274
9001
Luke AFB - landing pattern asymmetrical flaps, loss of aircraft control; operated by 4512 CCTS pilot was ok - safe ejection.
  05.03.1969 F-104G 65-12746
8021
Gila Bend Range - Range 3 loss of right wing and loss of control during pull-up from weapons delivery; 4518 CCTS pilot was killed - ejection attempted (canopy separated).
  25.03.1969 F-104G 67-14891
8191
near Luke AFB - Butler Drive, farm field asymmetrical flaps on landing, controlled ejection after go-around; 4512 CCTS US IP ok - ejected but suffered major injuries.
  22.05.1969 F-104G 63-13268
2097
near Lake Havasu City lost control after a barrel roll on first solo, ground contact (CFIT); 4512 CCTS pilot killed - unknown if ejection was attempted.
  08.07.1969 TF-104G 66-13623
5934
Gila Bend Range 1 - Growler Mountains fuel control malfunction, engine failure during weapons delivery; operated by 4512 CCTS US IP ok, student pilot was killed by his ejection seat.
  11.07.1969 F-104G 63-13263
2091
15 NM NW of Aguila, near Wickenburg, AZ midair collision with 66-13524 c/n 7120 (which landed safely) during formation rejoin pilot ok - safe ejection.
  29.10.1969 TF-104G 63-8466
5773
near Ajo, Papago Indian Reservation engine failure after engine oil problems after a Looping; operated by the 69 TFTS US IP killed (seat separation failed), student ejected safely.
  04.02.1970 F-104G 63-13246
2030
near Anegem, 64 km east of Ajo pilot handling error and loss of control (CFIT); operated that day by the 69 TFTS (FWS) pilot safely ejected, but injured.
  24.03.1970 TF-104G 61-3077
5748
On base - Luke, rwy 21R landing gear raised too early doing touch & go, aircraft settled back on Rwy; 418 TFTS US IP ok, pilot ok.
  08.05.1970 F-104G 63-13233
2014
Gila Bend Range - Range 3 loss of control after low recovery during weapon delivery; operated by the 418 TFTS German IP killed - ejected too low.
  22.10.1970 F-104G 67-14886
7023
Gila Bend Range - Air to Air Range engine failure during A/A gunnery due to FOD; operated by the 69 TFTS US IP safe ejection.
  08.11.1971 F-104G 63-13247
2031
Gila Bend Range - Range 2 Area B gun malfunction caused compressor stall and engine failure; operated by the 69 TFTS US IP safe ejection.
  22.06.1972 F-104G 65-12752
8069
near Aguila lost of control during acrobatics (Loop) after entering clouds pilot killed - unknown if ejection was attempted.
  01.12.1972 F-104G 67-14888
7007
Gila Bend Range - Range 1 loss of control during tactical weapons delivery, operated by the 418 TFTS (FWS) pilot was killed - ejected to late.
  05.04.1973 F-104G 67-14893
8177
Gila Bend Range - Range 1 loss of aircraft control during weapons delivery (CFIT), operated by 418 TFTS (FWS) US IP killed - no apparent attempt to eject
  29.08.1973 F-104G 63-13276
9003
Hickiwan, near Ajo collision with 65-12754 c/n 8077 during formation rejoin, operated by 418 TFTS (FWS) pilot killed - ejection seat system malfunction.
  29.08.1973 F-104G 65-12754
8077
Hickiwan, near Ajo collision with 63-13276 c/n 9003 during formation rejoin, operated by 418 TFTS (FWS) pilot killed - ejection seat system malfunction.
  27.03.1974 TF-104G 63-8453
5757
on base -Luke, RWY 03L landing mishap after FCF, anti-skid & nose-wheel steering failed, tire blew; DBR both US pilots okay.
  14.01.1975 TF-104G 61-3081
5752
Gila Bend Range - Air to Air Range hydraulic failure during ACM, was unable to pull out of the dive with one hydraulic system both pilots fatal injured, supersonic ejection.
  18.02.1975 F-104G 63-13275
9002
Gila Bend Range - near Childs Mountain asymmetrical flight condition during weapons delivery, ground contact pilot fatal injured, no attempt to eject
  01.07.1975 F-104G 63-13231
2012
Luke AFB, Rwy 03R engine failure on T/O (FOD), aircraft burned, DBR; operated by the 69 TFTS US IPwas fatal injured, no apparent attempt to eject.
  09.07.1975 F-104G 63-13256
2040
Near Luke AFB - Dove Valley Rd engine failure after T/O on a test flight after engine change; operated by the 69 TFTS US IP okay - safe ejection.
  30.01.1976 F-104G 63-13258
2042
at Ash Fork (Seligman), near Flagstaff uncommanded pitch down - loss of aircraft control; operated by the 418 TFTS pilot okay - safe ejection.
  06.02.1976 TF-104G 66-13624
5935
Gila Bend Range - Range 4 loss of control after right leading edge flap separated during strafe event, ops 418 TFTS GAF IP ok, pilot ok.
  10.03.1976 F-104G 63-13237
2020
Gila Bend Range - East Tac ricochet damage, engine failure; operated that day by the 418 TFTS pilot okay - safe ejection.
  18.03.1976 F-104G 66-13524
7120
Gila Bend Range - East Tac impacted ground during weapons delivery (CFIT); operated by the 418 TFTS pilot was killed - no ejection was made.
  11.07.1977 F-104G 63-13232
2013
Gila Bend Range - Gila Bend Aux Air Field compressor stall, engine failure during gunnery; operated by the 69 TFTS US IP okay - safe ejection.
  20.06.1978 TF-104G 66-13626
5937
Gila Bend Range - East Tac Range throttle control system malfunction (broken throttle linkage); operated by the 69 TFTS US IP ok, pilot ok.
  06.07.1979 F-104G 63-13250
2034
Gila Bend Range - accident report is lost fuel control malfunction, engine failure; operated by the 69 TFTS pilot okay - safe ejection.
  14.07.1981 TF-104G 63-8459
5763
Near Aguila throttle control system malfunction (broken throttle linkage) with Electrical fire; 69 TFTS US IP ok, pilot ok.
  04.08.1981 F-104G 66-13525
7132
Gila Bend Range - Range 4 Ricochet damage, engine failure during weapons delivery; operated by the 69 TFTS pilot okay - safe ejection.
 
To our best knowledge!!! Given information is based on best available references, any proven correction is welcome!
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compiled by: Christopher Baird, Hubert Peitzmeier, Harry Prins
references: USAF accident/incident reports; "916 Starfighter" book by Fischbach; "Deutsche Starfighter" book by Klaus Kropf; "F-40" books; International F-104 Society Zipper magazines
update @ January 14, 2016