The German Starfighter wings

 

 


The F-104 was flown in the Luftwaffe by 5 Fighter-Bomber wings, 2 Fighter wings and 2 Reconnaissance wings.
The Navy operated 2 Maritime Attack/Maritime Reconnaissance wings.
Both Luftwaffe and Navy did the training at Luke AFB, AZ, USA and at the Waffenschule 10 (OCU) at Jever AB.
 
Wing
Location
From
 
To
 
Flying hours
Remarks
JaboG 31 "Boelcke" Norvenich February 1962 - May 1983
211.412
to Tornado
JaboG 32 Lechfeld January 1965 - April 1984
204.986
to Tornado
JaboG 33 Buchel August 1962 - May 1985
231.900
to Tornado
JaboG 34 Memmingen July 1964 - October 1987
242.785
to Tornado
JaboG 36 Hopsten February 1965 - January 1975
82.722
to F-4F
JG 71 "Richthofen" Wittmund April 1963 - September 1974
83.182
to F-4F
JG 74 Neuburg May 1964 - July 1974
81.840
to F-4F
AG 51 "Immelmann" Bremgarten November 1963 - April 1971
61.390
to RF-4E
AG 52 Leck November 1964 - September 1971
56.571
to RF-4E
MFG 1 Jagel September 1963 - October 1981
131.915
to Tornado
MFG 2 Eggebek March 1965 - September 1986
173.070
to Tornado
WaSLw 10 Jever May 1960 - September 1983
123.728
to Tornado
ErpSt / WDT 61 Manching February 1962 - May 1991
10.500
 
LVR 1 Erding May 1984 - September 1988
9.895
decommissioned
2.DtLwAusbStff Luke AFB February 1964 - March 1983
269.750
decommissioned

During 30 years of flying there were 1.975.646 flight hours accumulated.
The average per aircraft was 2.157 flight hours.
A total of 292 F-104 were lost in accidents, with the tragic death of 116 pilots.
That accounts for one loss per 6.630 flying hours, which is actually a normal value according to international standards.
 
compiled by: Hubert Peitzmeier
update: March 30, 2011