F-104G "13526" (66-13526) over Arizona in winter 1973

F-104G, construction number 7177, model 683-10-19, US serial number 66-13526, built by Messerschmitt
manufactured by South Group (ARGE-Süd); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 7
assembled by Messerschmitt-Manching starting June 8, 1964; first flight August 13, 1964 coded KE+477
project "Diana" in Fighterbomber version (for JaboG 34) with installed Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date October 30, 1964 by BABwMTT
DD+253 JaboG 34 at Memmingen AB delivery date on December 7, 1964
according project "Columbus III" airlifted on March 5, 1966 to Lockheed-Burbank, USA; to Palmdale for repair, reassembly and upgrading
 operated at Luke AFB by the 4510th CCTW (shadow serial number 2294) in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 13526
2.231 flight hours in May 1977; flown until end of operation at Luke AFB on March 16, 1983
struck off charge order (AVA) July 19, 1983 with 3.005 flight hours; sold to the USAF with "Phase III" lot
to ROCAF with under project "Ali Shan No.8" to 41 squadron of 2 Wing coded as "4394"
crashed into sea on December 21, 1990 after loss of elevator control during the approach, pilot was found dead later; written off.

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