RF-104G "24+73", ex EB+121 Gate Guard at Erding AB 2014

RF-104G, construction number 683D-8222, model 683-04-10, built by Fokker
manufactured by North Group (ARGE-Nord); first flight March 16, 1964 coded KG+322 at Fokker-Schiphol
March 1964 to Weserflug for RF-104G photoreconnaissance version modificationa ccording project "Recce"
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; to LVR 3 (Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 3) at Manching AB July 9, 1964 for technical upgrading
EB+121 AG 52 at Leck AB delivery date on September 8, 1965; to Messerschmitt on December 15, 1965; AG 51 on June 6, 1966; airlifted to USA July 4, 1966
planned for SLAR test and modified to RF-104G-1; tested 1967 at Palmdale; program canceled in favour of the Phantom RF-4E; stored at Palmdale (German shadow serial number 2473)
in non flyable status airlifted to MBB on March 17, 1972; withdrawn from use 1972 due to the fact that a modification was not practicable; struck off charge order (AVA) September 15, 1972
on pole Erding AB 1974 coded "80+58" (old zip code of Erding); 1982 refurbished, coded as "80+58" Erding Gate Guard May 26, 1989
1996 on pole at Erding AB coded "24+73" (renamed Luftwaffeninstandhaltungsregiment 1 on July 1, 2002); LVR 1 marks 2007 noted
repainted 2009, October 28, 2009 it was mounted back on its pole; January 1, 2013 renamed Waffensystemunterstützungszentrum 1 (WaSysUstgZ 1) at Erding AB; November 2014 last noted.

interesting note: aircraft never was coded "24+73" during the Luftwaffe times!

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on pole Erding AB 1989 coded "80+58" >