F-104G "13232" (63-13232) 69th TFTS of 58th TTW Luke AFB, Arizona (with intake covers for an engine test run)

F-104G, construction number 683-2013, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13232, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 2; flight test release October 27, 1961; first flight in 1961
flight tests flown with register number "113" only; accepted by BABwLockheed in 1961 in Silver-finish colors
DA+110 assigned to 6516th Flight Line Maintenance Squadron at Edwards AFB with "Joint Test Force" team on June 12, 1961 for "Category II" tests
(Radar, Navigation, Gunnery); after 95 missions and 172 flight hours total flown airlifted with a CL-44D airfreighter to Messerschmitt-Manching on October 26, 1962
project "Lorely" (for JaboG 33) was not implemented; planned code DC+106 was not used; not reassembled and stored; planned for project "Columbus" on November 15, 1962
according project "Columbus" airlifted coded BG+103 on December 22, 1962 to Lockheed-Palmdale, USA for reassembly
 operated at Luke AFB by the 4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2011) in USAF Silver-finish coded 13232; 2.599 flight hours in May 1977
crashed on July 11, 1977 after a Nuclear Weapons Delivery mission (NWD) on Gila Bend Range No.3
during target run-in the engine failed after a compressor stall, from Range No.3 the pilot immediately turned to Gila Bend Aux Field for an emergency landing and was just 1 NM on short final
pilot US IP ejected safely at about 300 feet, aircraft operated that day by the 69 TFTS, 58 TTW (Tactical Training Wing); written off; struck off charge order (AVA) July 11, 1977.

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