RF-104G BB+253 Waffenschule der Luftwaffe 10 (WaSLw 10) at Prestwick 1965

RF-104G, construction number 683D-8177, model 683-04-10, US serial number 67-14893, built by Fokker
first flight November 13, 1963 coded KG+277 at Fokker-Schiphol
RF-104G photoreconnaissance version modification according project "Recce" at Avio Diepen on November 13, 1963
back to Fokker on January 3, 1964; camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date March 27, 1964 by RNAF-MTA
LVR 3 at Manching AB on April 8, 1964 for modifications
BB+253 WaSLw 10 at Jever AB delivery date on May 27, 1964; ordered for project "Columbus III" on March 6, 1967
 according project "Columbus III" airlifted to USA on July 13, 1967; modified to F-104G at Lockheed-Palmdale according modification status 2220
operated by the 4510 CCTW at Luke AFB coded 14893 (German shadow serial number 2434) in USAF Silver-finish color scheme
crashed April 5, 1973 on Gila Bend Gunnery Range #1 during a tactical pop-up gun delivery after a too steep attack angle and ground collision (CFIT),
aircraft was not controllable and crashed; pilot USAF IP was killed; there was no ejection attempt, written off; struck off charge order (AVA) April 12, 1973
1.048 flight hours; operated by the 418 TFTS (FWS).

copyright © Mühlböck collection