F-104G "13255" (63-13255) landing at Luke AFB, Arizona 1977

F-104G, construction number 683-2039, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13255, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 4; flight test release October 27, 1961; flown with register number "139" for test flights
KF+115 accepted by BABwLockheed for delivery; airlifted to Messerschmitt-Manching on November 28, 1961 with 12 flight hours for reassembly; Messerschmitt test flight on March 16, 1962
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
DA+243 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on April 2, 1962 in Silver-finish colors; TSLw 1 on December 7, 1962 for maintenance training
coded BF+243 as instructional aircraft (GIA) on January 8, 1963; planned for project "Columbus" on November 15, 1962; February 22, 1963 to Messerschmitt for disassembly
according project "Columbus" airlifted coded BG+121 on March 7, 1963 to Lockheed-Burbank; reassembled and modified to the latest modification level at Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated at Luke AFB by the 4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2032) in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 13255; 58th TFTW January 1, 1970; 58th TTW April 1, 1977
in May 1977 with 2.799 flight hours on active flying status; 1978 temporarily in long term storage; flown until end of operation at Luke AFB on March 16, 1983
noted preserved (cocooned) for transfer to ROCAF at Luke AFB in March 1983; struck off charge order (AVA) July 19, 1983; sold to USAF with "Phase III" lot with 2.901 flight hours
in 1983 coded "4376" MAP (Military Assistance Program) to ROCAF under project "Ali Shan No.8" to 42 squadron of 2 Wing; accident on December 4, 1990; withdrawn from use on March 7, 1994; scrapped 1995.

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