F-104G "13247" (FG-247) of the 4510th CCTW from Luke AFB over the Arizona desert

F-104G, construction number 683-2031, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13247, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 4 at Lockheed-Palmdale
flight test release October 27, 1961; flown with register number "131" for test flights; coded KF+107 for arresting hook trials
shipped in boxes to Bremerhaven, Germany on March 5, 1962 with 31 flight hours; by railroad to Manching AB for reassembly
Messerschmitt test flight on May 11, 1962; acceptance date by BABwMTT May 17, 1962
DA+108 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on May 23, 1962 in Silver-finish colors; assigned for project "Columbus" on November 15, 1962
to Messerschmitt for disassembly on March 9, 1963; according project "Columbus" airlifted coded BG+137 on June 10, 1963
with a Canadair CL-44D airfreighter of "Flying Tiger Line" back to Lockheed-Palmdale
 at Luke AFB operated by the 4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2025) in USAF Silver-finish color scheme coded 13247
crashed on November 8, 1971 after engine failure due to compressor stall after a hot dart-firing pass during an air-to-air mission,
instructor pilot (USAF IP) ejected safely at about 5.000 ft; aircraft operated that day by the 69 TFTS, 58 TFTW; 1.524 flight hours
struck off charge order (AVA) November 8, 1971.

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