F-104G 26+44 JaboG 33 in "Norm 83" camouflage scheme taxiing out at Decimomannu AB for a gunnery mission at "Frasca Range" 1986

F-104G, construction number 683D-7304, company model 683-10-19, built by MBB (Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm)
manufactured by South Group (ARGE-Süd) & VFW; assembly start at MBB on March 16, 1971 in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 1
first flight July 2, 1971; acceptance date September 13, 1971 by BABwMBB
attrition replacement aircraft in Fighterbomber version for the Luftwaffe under project "Ikarus"; camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"
26+44 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on September 30, 1971; February 3, 1982 to JaboG 33 at Buchel AB; June 25, 1984 new camouflage scheme "Norm 83"
EL-70/EL-73 Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) system was installed in the weapon system in the late 70s with tech order "TA-FL1191"
April 3, 1985 to JaboG 34 at Memmingen AB; August 1986 JaboG 34 (2nd Staffel) exchanged with the Hellenic Air Force 345 MIRA, flying the A-7H at Souda
September 14, 1986 "Tag der offen Tür" for "25 Jahre Fliegerhorst Hopsten" of JaboG 36
to WTD 61 at Manching AB on April 22, 1988; withdrawn from use and stored June 1, 1988 at LwSchleuse 11 with 2.663 flight hours; struck off charge order (AVA) December 8, 1988
MAP (Military Assistance Program) to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 71-7304) on January 18, 1989, coded "9-304"; with 191 Filo of 9.AJU at Balikesir AB in 1989; coded "8-304" with 181 Filo of 8.AJU in 1992
withdrawn from use on January 13, 1993 at 1. Air Supply and Maintenance Center at Eskisehir AB; scrapped CFE March 23, 1995; stored coded "8-304" at Eskisehir AB noted in February 1996
donated by 1st Air Force Command to Zonguldak City for static display in 1995, Zonguldak City put it into a children play ground, 1st AF HQ decided to withdraw the aircraft in October 2004
1st Maintenance Center dismantled it, loaded onto a truck and carried it to 6.AJU at Bandirma, stored at 6.AJU at Bandirma July 2016 noted; likely scrapped.

"Ikarus": project name for 14 F-104G Fighterbomber for the Luftwaffe

1 HIBM.K: Hava Ikmal Bakim Merkezi Komutanligi or Air Force Maintenance center

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