F-104G 20+37 JaboG 34

F-104G, construction number 683-2044, model 683-10-19, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 5
flown with register number "144" for test flights; coded KF+120 acceptance date by BABwLockheed on December 14,1961
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
KF+120 airlifted to Manching, Germany on January 5, 1962 in a Canadair CL-44D airfreighter of "Flying Tiger Line"
DA+248 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on April 17, 1962 in Silver-finish colors
"Project 19" upgrade 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 433 flight hours
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196" in 1965
DD+233 JaboG 34 on August 12, 1966; JaboG 33 on May 26, 1967; JaboG 34 on September 1, 1967
20+37 JaboG 33 on February 1, 1968; JaboG 34 on December 12, 1968
SABCA for IRAN January 20, 1970 with 1.023 flight hours; back to JaboG 34 April 6, 1970
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"; LwSchleuse 11 (LVR 1) on July 15, 1986
displayed in metal finish for the 30th anniversary of LVR 1 (Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 1) on September 13, 1986
withdrawn from use with 3.670 flight hours as instructional airframe with TechnGrp 11 (LVR 1) at Erding AB in July 1987
struck off charge order (AVA) January 30,1987; to Luftwaffenmuseum Uetersen AB in April 1989 with training aid code "C084"
preserved inside the Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr Berlin-Gatow in metal-finish and JaboG 34 marks in 2005 first noted; March 2017 last noted.

Claim of fame: February 26, 1970 Serge Martin, SABCA Chief test pilot, conducted a test flight following the release from IRAN (Inspect & Repair As Necessary) inspection of 
F-104G (cn 2044, code 20+37). The test flight starts with an acceleration till Mach 2 on a fly path located on a Bitburg-Florennes axis, and is followed by a climb (zoom) to 50,000 feet. 
After setting the throttle to idle, the descent is initiated with the speedbrakes extended. Leveling off at 32,000 feet is planned to test the function of the Stick Shaker & Stick Pusher 
in all configurations. Two minutes and thirty seconds later, the flamed out engined Starfighter will be landing on the runway of Chièvres

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