F-104G DA+237 JaboG 31 (FBW 31) 1962

F-104G, construction number 683-2033, model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13249, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 4; flight test release October 27, 1961
flown with register number "133" for test flights; coded KF+109 for delivery in Silver-finish colors
airlifted to Germany on November 15, 1961 with 27 flight hours in a Canadair CL-44D airfreighter of "Flying Tiger Line"
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
Messerschmitt test flight on March 14, 1962
DA+237 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on March 26, 1962; (DC+237) JaboG 33 on July 30, 1962
DR+237 at LPR 1 on February 14, 1963 for project "Balance" to upgrade to higher level standard
planned for project "Columbus" on November 15, 1962; disassembly by Messerschmitt on March 1, 1963
BG+127 airlifted on March 18, 1963 to Lockheed-Burbank, USA; reassembled and modified to the latest modification level at Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated by the 4510th CCTW at Luke AFB (German shadow serial number 2026) in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 13249
2.691 flight hours in May 1977: in long term storage from September 1978; repaired and back to operational use
struck off charge order (AVA) January 24, 1983; sold to USAF with "Phase I" lot with 2.805 flight hours
 to ROCAF 1983 under project "Ali Shan No.8" coded "4371" for 42 TFS of 2 Wing at Hsinchu AB; later with 7 TFS of 3 Wing at CCK (Ching Chuan Kang) AB
with 12 SMS (12th Special Mission Squadron) modified to RF-104G with wrong serial number "63-13294"; modified to RF-104G LOROP "Stargazer"; withdrawn from use August 8, 1996
preserved in a park at Shalu Town, Taichung County, with correct serial number 63-13249, 3 Wing marks, 2000 first noted; March 2017 last noted.

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