F-104G DA+253 JaboG 31 "Boelcke" 1963

F-104G, construction number 683-2049, company model 683-10-19, built by Lockheed
manufactured by ARGE-USA; assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 5 at Lockheed-Palmdale
flight test release January 29, 1962; coded with register number "149" for test flights; acceptance date by BABwLockheed March 31, 1962; coded KF+125 for tests of NASARR radar at Palmdale
airlifted to Manching April 26, 1962 with 19 flight hours in a Canadair CL-44D airfreighter of "Flying Tiger Line"; project "Replace" was not implemented
DA+253 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on July 23, 1962 in Silver-finish colors
project "19" upgrading in order to get all Norvenich aircraft to the same modification level starting in January 1963
DA+232 recoded in March 1963 after the upgrading; aircraft was modified to such an extent that it received a new tactical code
DA+232 had a severe incident at Norvenich AB on April 22, 1964 after chute and brake failure during landing, pilot was not hurt, but the aircraft spend quite a time in the repair shop,
before it was delivered to Messerschmitt on October 15, 1964 for modifications and camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; it returned to service with JaboG 31 "B" on June 28, 1965
20+42 SABCA for IRAN on January 28, 1969 with 888 flight hours, back to JaboG 31 on April 23, 1969; JaboG 32 at Lechfeld AB on August 11, 1969; JaboG 31 on October 26, 1970
made an emergency-landing at Leeuwarden AB with an open nozzle on August 27, 1979 after the pilot encountered an exploded M61 gun bullet
withdrawn from use at JaboG 31 on April 30, 1980; instructional airframe (GIA) at Norvenich AB April 30, 1980
BDRT airframe at Norvenich September 27, 1983; struck off charge order (AVA) September 27, 1983; scrapped in 1993.

copyright  Helmut Baumann