F-104G DA+109 flying with the "Joint Test Force" from Palmdale AP, California in 1962

F-104G, construction number 683-2012, model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13231, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 2; flight test release October 27, 1961
first flight 1961; test flights flown with register number "112" only; accepted by BABwLockheed in 1961
DA+109 to Joint Test Force (JTF) team at Palmdale AP during "Category I" phase for basic aircraft systems tests in Silver-finish colors
with 310 flight hours airlifted with a C-44D airfreighter to Manching AB on November 20, 1962; acceptance date October 30, 1962 by BABwMTT
not reassembled and stored; project "Lorely" (for JaboG 33) was not implemented; code DC+105 planned, but was not used
planned for project "Columbus" November 15, 1962
according project "Columbus" airlifted coded as BG+102 on December 21, 1962 to Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated at Luke AFB by the 4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2010) in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 13231
crashed July 1, 1975 after engine failure due to FOD (Foreign Object Damage) on take-off
left tip tank did not jettison (Auto-drop system failed), aircraft did not catch the barrier and caught on fire outside the Air Base
USAF IP pilot was killed; aircraft operated that day by the 69 TFTS; 2.579 flight hours; written off, struck off charge order (AVA) July 1, 1975.

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DA+109 flying with the "Joint Test Force" from Palmdale AP, California 1962