F-104G "12745" (65-12745) 69th TFTS (GAF) of 58th Tactical Training Wing (TTW) at Luke AFB 1979

F-104G, construction number 683D-7001, model 683-10-19, US serial number 65-12745, built by Messerschmitt
manufactured by ARGE-Süd (South Group); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 0 starting June 23, 1961
first flight October 5, 1961 coded KE+301 flown by Messerschmitt chief test pilot James L. Jester
on October 16, 1961 official public handover of the F-104 "Starfighter" to Federal German Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
acceptance date March 20, 1962 by BABwMTT in Silver-finish colors
DA+250 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on March 22, 1962
BF+250 instructional airframe (GIA) at TSLw 1 on December 7, 1962; planned for project "Columbus III" on January 26, 1965
according project "Columbus III" airlifted on February 23, 1965 to Lockheed-Burbank; reassembled and test flight at Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated in USAF Silver-finish colors at Luke AFB by the 4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2133) coded 12745
2.448 flight hours in May 1977; flown until end of operation at Luke AFB on March 16, 1983
struck off charge order (AVA) July 21, 1983; 1983 sold to USAF with 3.128 flight hours with "Phase II" lot
1983 coded "4388" to ROCAF under project "Ali Shan No.8" for 41 squadron of 2 Wing
noted in 1993 with 3 Wing at CCK (Ching Chuan Kang) AB
withdrawn from use soon after that; seen in storage at CCK AB (with covers) in September 1995; scrapped in 1999.

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