F-104G DB+127 displayed in ZELL launch configuration at the Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr at Berlin-Gatow 2015

F-104G, construction number 683-2002, company model 683-10-19, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); first flight around November 15, 1960 with register number "102" in Fighterbomber version; acceptance date in 1960 by BABwLockheed in Silver-finish colors
coded DA+102 with "Joint Test Force" for "Category I" operation at Palmdale AP testing basic systems (structure and aerodynamics) in 1961
modified for ZELL (Zero-Length Launch) program at Edwards AFB in 1962; 8 ZELL take-offs at Edwards in 1963; tests finished on July 22, 1964
stored at Palmdale with 202 flight hours; shipped to VFW-Lemwerder, Germany on July 28, 1965 for re-assembly and modifications
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196" in 1966; coded DB+127 accepted on September 14, 1965 by BABwVFW
JaboG 32 at Lechfeld AB delivery date on February 24, 1966 for ZELL trial flights
total of 7 ZELL trials at Lechfeld AB from May 4, until July 12, 1966; program was canceled due to changed of the NATO strategy
20+02 remodified at Messerschmitt; to ErpSt 61 at Manching AB on April 25, 1968; JaboG 32 at Lechfeld AB on January 4, 1971
Greenham Common IAT 1979 static June 21, 1979; Tactical Air Meet (TAM) at Ramstein AB 20.June till 3.July 1980
stored at LwSchleuse 11 on August 6, 1981 with 2.245 flight hours; struck off charge order (AVA) October 2, 1984
on pole LwUGrpKdo Süd Karlsruhe on April 2, 1985 with training aid code "C032"; LwWerft 13 at Erding AB on March 8, 1995 for restoration and modification as ZELL aircraft
preserved coded "DB+127" at Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow (Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr) in ZELL launch configuration on September 12, 1995
May 2021 last noted.

Claim of fame: Eldon (Ed) W. Brown, Jr. an experimental test pilot with Lockheed flew his 1000 hour on F-104s on May 29, 1962 with DA+102

 Historical video showing the F-104 ZELL and SATS program This video has been donated by Devon Brown, daughter of famous ZELL Lockheed test pilot Ed Brown.

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