F-104G "13259" (63-13259) 4510th CCTW

F-104G, construction number 683-2010, model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13259, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 2
first flight 1961 at Lockheed-Palmdale; test flights flown with register number "110" only; accepted by BABwLockheed
DA+107 operated by "Joint Test Force" at Palmdale AP during "Category I" phase for basic systems tests with 123 flight hours flown
on January 2, 1962 shipped to Bremerhaven port and by railroad to Messerschmitt-Manching factory
acceptance date March 25, 1963 by BABwMTT
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
project "42" (upgrading) was not implemented; project "Balance" (upgrading) was not implemented
YA+107 ErpSt 61 at Manching AB delivery date on August 27, 1962 in Silver-finish colors; used as test aircraft for "AS-30" anti-ship missile tests
planned for project "Columbus" on July 3, 1963; according project "Columbus" airlifted with code BG+148 on August 12, 1963 to Lockheed-Palmdale, USA
initially planned for serial 63-13229, but not used
 to Luke AFB operated by the 4510th CCTW; operated in US Silver-finish colors coded as 13259
crashed May 27, 1966 after a strafing pass at Range 2 of Gila Bend Gunnery Range
after engine failure due to an open nozzle caused by loss of oil pressure, pilot ejected safely at about 3.000 feet AGL
aircraft was operated that day by the 4443rd CCTS; 418 flight hours; written off; struck off charge order (AVA) May 27, 1966
crash site: about 21 miles NE of Ajo, 23 NM SSE of Gila Bend in the Sauceda Mountains.

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