F-104G "14887" (67-14887) ready for another sortie at Luke AFB in March 1979

F-104G, construction number 683-2069, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 67-14887, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); at Lockheed assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 7
Lockheed test flights with register number coded "169" only; coded KF+144 accepted by BABwLockheed at unknown date
delivery date in 1962; KF+144 airlifted to Germany on May 15, 1962 in a Canadair CL-44D airfreighter of "Flying Tiger Line"
project "Loreley" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 33) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
DC+102 JaboG 33 at Buchel AB delivery date on August 16, 1962; damaged 1964 and trucked to Messerschmitt for repair on March 9, 1964
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; back to JaboG 33 on July 19, 1965
according project "Columbus III" to Messerschmitt on February 24, 1967 for dismantling; airlifted on March 29, 1967 with Lockheed "L-300" airfreighter to Lockheed-Burbank, USA
reassembled and modified to the latest modification level at Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated by the 4510th CCTW at Luke AFB (German shadow serial number 2060) in USAF Silver-finish coded 14887
2.226 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; 1983 sold to USAF with 2.959 flight hours with "Phase III" lot
in 1984 MAP (Military Assistance Program) to Taiwan under project "Ali Shan No.8" for 41 squadron of 2 Wing of ROCAF coded "4396"
crashed April 10, 1986 when weather and wind direction suddenly changed at CCK AB, causing chaos for all airborne aircraft, run out of fuel and crashed; pilot ejected safely.

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