F-104G DA+242 JaboG 31 Norvenich AB 1962

F-104G, construction number 683-2038, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13254, 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 "138" for test flights; coded KF+114 accepted by BABwLockheed for delivery
airlifted to Messerschmitt-Manching, Germany on November 28, 1961 with 17 flight hours for reassembly
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 April 7, 1962
DA+242 JaboG 31 "Boelcke" at Norvenich AB delivery date on April 17, 1962 in Silver-finish colors
planned for project "Columbus" on November 15, 1962; March 11, 1963 to Messerschmitt for disassembly
airlifted according project "Columbus" coded BG+129 on April 5, 1963 to Lockheed-Burbank
reassembled and modified to the latest modification level at Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated at Luke AFB by the 4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2031) in USAF Silver-finish coded 13254
in May 1977 with 2.630 flight hours on active flying status; withdrawn from use and stored in airworthy condition as attrition reserve aircraft
struck off charge order (AVA) January 24, 1983; sold to USAF with 3.140 flight hours in 1983 with "Phase I" lot
MAP (Military Assistance Program) to ROCAF 1984 coded "4375" under project "Ali Shan No.8" to 42 squadron of 2 Wing
later to 8 squadron of 3 Wing; 1990 modified to RF-104G and operated by the 12 TRS (SMS) of 5 Wing; modified to RF-104G LOROP version
withdrawn from use 1995; preserved as Gate Guard at Taoyuan AB with 12 SMS marks 1996, November 8, 2004 last noted
display in "Base Collection" at Hualien AB with 12 SMS marks on January 26, 2007 first noted; May 2023 last noted.

Project "42": to equip 42 aircraft (hence the name of the project!) for JaboG 31 (FBW 31) at Nörvenich in Fighterbomber version with built-in Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun, 
long-distance tanks as loose parts

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