F-104G 22+13 MFG 1 at RAF Mildenhall July 1979

F-104G, construction number 683D-7083, company model 683-10-19, built by Messerschmitt (MTT)
manufactured by South Group (ARGE-Süd); assembly by Messerschmitt-Manching starting February 14, 1963
assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 3; first flight July 18, 1963; acceptance date by BABwMTT on August 13, 1963 coded KE+383
construction level "Zeus" as Fighterbomber (for MFG 1) with long range tanks installed, "AS.30" and AS.34 "Kormoran" wiring system
and Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun as loose part; LwVersRgt 3 on August 20, 1963 for modifications
VA+103 MFG 1 at Schleswig-Jagel AB delivery date on September 12, 1963 in Silver-finish colors; camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196" in 1966
22+13 Navy camouflage scheme "Norm 76" according tech order "TA-196-3" in 1969; heavily damaged April 26, 1971, main gear collapsed during engine test run
after this incident the aircraft were fastened to the hook for engine test runs
back to MFG 1 on April 18, 1973; heavily damaged again September 9, 1975 after landing at Thirstrup AB, Denmark,
blown tire on landing and went off the runway, repaired by Messerschmitt and back to MFG 1 after 1 year on January 26, 1977
withdrawn from use at LwSchleuse 11 on October 27, 1980 with 1.745 flight hours; struck off charge order (AVA) December 22, 1980
MAP (Military Assistance Program) to Turkish Air Force April 6, 1981 (with TuAF serial number 63-7083); coded "4-083" with Sahin Kita OCU of 4.AJU in 1981
with 6.AJU seen as "6-083" in 1982; withdrawn from use and stored in 1990; scrapped at Eskisehir AB according CFE July 8, 1995.

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