F-104G "14889" (US serial number 67-14889) 58th TTW at Luke AFB returning from a Gunnery training flight in 1980

F-104G, construction number 683D-7015, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 67-14889, built by Messerschmitt (MTT)
manufactured by South Group (ARGE-Süd); assembly by Messerschmitt-Manching starting March 26, 1962 with parts from Lockheed
assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 0; first flight April 15, 1962 coded KE+315 in Silver-finish colors
long term storage on July 31, 1962 under project "21"; Messerschmitt modification August 23, 1963; acceptance date July 17, 1964 by BABwMTT; code DD+361 was not used
DD+368 JaboG 34 at Memmingen AB delivery date on July 31, 1964; recoded DD+255 on November 5, 1964
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; order for project "Columbus III" on February 27, 1967
according project "Columbus III" airlifted on April 19, 1967 to Lockheed-Burbank, USA with a Lockheed L-300 airfreighter; reassembled and  test flown at Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated at Luke AFB by the 4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2147) in USAF Silver-finish coded 14889
2.126 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 2.932 flight hours sold to USAF in 1983 with "Phase III" lot
coded "4397" MAP (Military Assistance Program) to ROCAF under project "Ali Shan No.8" to 41 squadron of 2 Wing
modified to RF-104G LOROP (Long Range Oblique Photography) with 12 SMS (Special Mission Squadron); last noted in 1990 and most likely scrapped; no further information.

badge of the 4518th TFTS at Luke AFB

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