F-104G 20+68 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB 1982

F-104G, construction number 683-2080, model 683-10-19, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); first flight 1962 coded "180" only; assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 7
heavy damaged on a crash-landing July 3, 1962 during a Lockheed company functional check-flight by a German acceptance pilot,
he landed hard and short of the runway on the soft overrun on a simulated flame-out approach,
all three gears collapsed, aircraft skidded, caught fire and sustained substantial damage, pilot was not injured
aircraft stayed at Lockheed for repair; accepted by BABwLockheed on June 25, 1963
1963 modified for SATS-program (Short Airfield for Tactical Support)
tests at US Navy Test Center Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA coded "180" during 1964, nicknamed "Laubfrosch" (greenback)
stored at Palmdale on March 19, 1964 coded KF+155; shipped to Germany July 28, 1965; VFW for reassembly on September 14, 1965
DB+128 December 29, 1965 modified for ZELL tests (Zero Length Launch); camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196" in 1966
ErpSt 61 on May 9, 1966 for barrier tests; 1967 ZELL program was canceled; 1967 modified to F-104G standard at Messerschmitt
20+68 LVR 3 for modifications, JaboG 32 at Lechfeld AB delivery date on August 12, 1968
IRAN at SABCA on April 27, 1972, back to JaboG 32 on July 10, 1972
JaboG 31 on March 31, 1982; withdrawn from use and stored at LwSchleuse 11 on February 9, 1983; struck off charge order (AVA) March 22, 1984
with 2.757 flight hours to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 62-2080) on April 9, 1984; coded "9-080" with 9.AJU Balikesir AB
withdrawn from use on July 9, 1992; scrapped in August 1995 at Eskisehir AB (CFE).

SATS: short field take-off and landing, similar to a carrier; trial for mobile airfields

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