F-104G 20+36 JaboG 34 at Beja AB, Portugal in October 1984, observe the "EL-70/EL-73" Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) system installed

F-104G, construction number 683-2043, model 683-10-19, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 5; flight test release October 27, 1961
flown with register number "143" for test flights; coded KF+119 acceptance date by BABwLockheed on December 7,1961
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
KF+119 airlifted to Manching, Germany on January 5, 1962 in a Canadair CL-44D airfreighter of "Flying Tiger Line"
DA+247 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on April 10, 1962 in Silver-finish colors
"Project 19" upgrading in order to get all Norvenich aircraft to the same modification level starting in January 1963
"Category III" operational profiles and system tests from April until July 1963
SABCA for IRAN August 19, 1965 with 397 flight hours; camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196" in 1965 with SABCA
DD+112 JaboG 34 on August 12, 1966; heavy damaged October 18, 1966 at Memmingen AB after a broken main wheel strut
repaired by Messerschmitt-Manching and back to JaboG 34 on November 15, 1967
20+36 JaboG 33 on February 26, 1968; SABCA for IRAN March 4, 1969 with 746 flight hours; JaboG 34 on May 15, 1969
EL-70/EL-73 Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) system was installed in the weapon system in the late 70s with tech order "TA-FL1191"
operated with flightdate and crash recorder LEADS 200 according tech order "TA-1411"; JaboG 32 on March 14, 1984
special scheme "Bavaria" for the last F-104 flight of JaboG 32 on April 18, 1984
new camouflage scheme "Norm 83" in October 1984, JaboG 34 on October 9, 1984
crashed on December 11, 1984 at Niederpöring, near Platting after loosing orientation in clouds during simulated special weapon delivery (Spatial Disorientation (CFIT))
pilot was killed; struck off charge order (AVA) August 2, 1985.

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