TF-104G "38459" (US serial number 63-8459) at Luke AFB in July 1980

TF-104G, construction number 583D-5763, model 583-10-20, US serial number 63-8459, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly at Lockheed-Palmdale for Germany
test flights 1963 with US registration "63-8459"; MAP for Germany delivery date 1963
 operated by the 4510th CCTW at Luke AFB, Arizona (German shadow serial number 2761)
coded 38459 in USAF Silver-finish color scheme; 2.792 flight hours in May 1977
crashed July 14, 1981 after engine failure after a broken throttle control linkage (Electrical Fire),
both crew ejected safely; 3.417 flight hours; 69 TFTS, struck off charge order (AVA) July 14, 1981
crash site: near Aquila, 15 NM W of Wickenburg.

copyright  Dave Schultz

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