TF-104G 27+28 JG 71 "Richthofen" at Wittmund AB

TF-104G, construction number 583D-5730, model 583-10-20, US serial number 61-3059, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly at Lockheed-Palmdale; Lockheed test flights at Palmdale coded with US serial number "61-3059"
acceptance date April 26, 1963 by BABwLockheed; MAP to Germany coded KE+230
airlifted to Messerschmitt-Manching on May 9, 1963 with a Canadair CL-44D airfreighter of the "Flying Tiger Line"
DA+059 coded for test flights at Messerschmitt-Manching on June 5, 1963; camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"
acceptance date November 29, 1963 by BABwMTT; to LVR 3 (Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 3) on December 4, 1963 for modifications
DA+364 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on January 16, 1964
JA+374 JG 71 "Richthofen" at Wittmund AB on April 12, 1965
27+28 heavy damaged March 12, 1973 during touch and go at Jever AB, both pilots were ok; damaged beyond economical repair (DBR)
withdrawn from use on January 31, 1974; struck off charge order (AVA) January 31, 1974
preserved at Schwäbische Bauern- und Technik museum at Eschach-Seifertshofen in the 80s
preserved Luftfahrt Museum Schwenningen July 1988, last noted on the dump at Schwenningen in summer 1995
fuselage stored at Schwäbische Bauern- und Technik museum at Eschach-Seifertshofen; March 2002 fuselage only noted
2005 at Warner Bros Movie Park at Bottrop Kirchellen
first noted February 2008 used as "Absturz Darstellung Model" (crash display presentation); renamed Movie Park Germany at Bottrop; May 1, 2013 last noted (unconfirmed).

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