F-104G "FG-244" (63-13244) 4510th CCTW 1964

F-104G, construction number 683-2027, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13244, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 3; flight test release October 27, 1961
flown with register number "127" for test flights; coded KF+103 for delivery with 43 flight hours; airlifted to Messerschmitt-Manching, Germany October 18, 1961 with a "Flying Tiger Line" CL-44D airfreighter
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
testflight at Manching on December 7, 1961; acceptance date by BABwMTT March 30, 1962
DA+232 delivery date on April 2, 1962 to JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB in Silver-finish colors; assigned for project "Columbus" on November 15, 1962; to Messerschmitt for disassembly on March 25, 1963
according project "Columbus" airlifted coded BG+131 to Lockheed-Burbank on April 29, 1963; reassembled and modified to the latest modification level at Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated by the 4510th CCTW at Luke AFB (German shadow serial number 2022) in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 13244
in April 1976 temporarily grounded due to fatigue cracks with 2.506 flight hours and repaired; flown until end of operation at Luke AFB on March 16, 1983
struck off charge order (AVA) July 19, 1983; sold to USA with 3.019 flight hours with "Phase III" lot
MAP (Military Assistance Program) to ROCAF coded "4369" under project "Ali Shan No.8" to 42 squadron of 2 Wing
crashed October 12, 1991 after engine failure and 3 unsuccessful engine restarts into sea near Hsinchu AB, pilot ejected safely; Lockheed C-2 seat, written off.

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13244 with SUU-21 bomb dispenser on centerline station 1981