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" 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withdrawn from use on January 31, 1974; struck off charge order (AVA) January 31, 1974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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