Photo of F-104G 14888 4510th CCTW: wanted coded DA+257 or 67-14888

F-104G 14888 Luke AFB (no photo)

F-104G, construction number 683D-7007, model 683-10-19, US serial number 67-14888, built by Messerschmitt
manufactured by ARGE-Süd (South Group); assembly by Messerschmitt at Manching starting December 11, 1961 with parts from Lockheed
first flight May 23, 1962 coded KE+307; assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 0
acceptance date July 19, 1962 by BABwMTT in Silver-finish colors; long term storage on July 19, 1962 under project "Project 21"
Messerschmitt modification May 13, 1963; test flight on September 10, 1963 at Messerschmitt
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196" in November 1963; acceptance date November 26, 1963 by BABwMTT
LVR 3 (Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 3) on January 14, 1964 for upgrading and modifications
DA+257 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on March 18, 1964; order for project "Columbus III" on February 27, 1967
according project "Columbus III" airlifted on March 29, 1967 to Lockheed-Burbank, USA with a Lockheed L-300 airfreighter
reassembled and test flown at Palmdale
 operated at Luke AFB by the  4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2139), operated in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 14888
crashed on December 1, 1972 during practice of a tactical weapons delivery (pop-up) at Gila Bend Range Nr.1
after loosing control of the aircraft during roll-in for a rocket delivery; pilot ejected too late and was killed; written off
418 TFTS GAF FWS (Fighter Weapon School); 1.342 flight hours.