F-104G "13234" (63-13234) 69th TFTS of 58 TTW from Luke AFB in clean configuration with Sidewinder missiles

F-104G, construction number 683-2015, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13234, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Lockheed (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 2; first flight in 1961
flight tests flown with register number "115" only, accepted by BABwLockheed in 1961 in Silver-finish colors
DA+112 to 6516th Flight Line Maintenance Squadron at Edwards AFB for "Category II" tests
used by the "Joint Test Force" (JTF) team at Edwards AFB for A/A, A/G and TACAN system tests starting on June 12, 1961
tests completed with 149 flight hours and 90 missions on May 11, 1962
September 11, 1962 airlifted to Messerschmitt-Manching with a "Flying Tiger Line" CL-44D airfreighter; test flight on October 30, 1962
acceptance date November 9, 1962 by BABwMTT; project "Loreley" (for JaboG 33) was not implemented; planned code DC+108 was not used
aircraft was not delivered to the Luftwaffe and stored; planned for project "Columbus" on November 15, 1962
according project "Columbus" coded BG+106 back to Lockheed-Palmdale, California, USA on January 11, 1963 for reassembly
 operated by the 4510th CCTW at Luke AFB (German shadow serial number 2013) in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 13234
April 1976 temporarily grounded due to fatigue cracks and repaired; 2.670 flight hours in May 1977; flown until end of operation at Luke AFB on March 16, 1983
struck of charge order (AVA) July 21, 1983; sold to the USAF with 3.444 flight hours with "Phase II" lot
MAP (Military Assistance Program) to ROCAF under project "Ali Shan No.8" coded "4363" to 41 TFS of 2 Wing at Hsinchu AB
later to 8 TFS of 3 Wing at CCK (Ching Chuan Kang) AB; withdrawn from use 1996; scrapped in 1999.

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