TF-104G "13081/FG-081" (61-3081) taxi out for a test flight at Palmdale

TF-104G, construction number 583D-5752, model 583-10-20, US serial number 61-3081, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Lockheed (ARGE-USA); assembly at Lockheed, Palmdale for Germany
first flight 1963 coded with US serial number "61-3081"; MAP delivered 1963 for Germany
 operated at Luke AFB by the 4510 CCTW (German shadow serial number 2750) in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 13081
crashed January 14, 1975 coded "13081" during an ACT (Air Combat Tactics) training mission (ACT-2)
after hydraulic failure in the Gila Bend AA-range (R-2301); aircraft entered a steep dive, both pilots ejected,
but were killed after ejection at a speed over Mach 1; 418 TFTS; 2.496 flight hours; written off; struck off charge order (AVA) unknown.

The mission was ACT. The scenario was to kick (negate a missile shot) and then extend at max acceleration.
This meant unloading the airplane to about 1/2 G. They came to the conclusion that Lt Schmitt may have unloaded too much and
gavitated one of the hydraulic systems. Because he was going so fast, he was unable to pull out of the dive with one hydraulic system.
The engine was in AB when it crashed. They elected to eject - supersonic.

copyright  Chris Baird