RF-104G-1 EB+121 AG 51 at Palmdale, observe the large recce pod under the fuselage

RF-104G, construction number 683D-8222, company model 683-04-10, built by Fokker
manufactured by North Group (ARGE-Nord); first flight March 16, 1964 coded KG+322 at Fokker-Schiphol
March 1964 to Weserflug for RF-104G photoreconnaissance version modification according project "Recce"
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date by BABwFokker (RNAF-MTA) June 12, 1964
to LVR 3 (Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 3) at Manching AB July 9, 1964 for technical upgrading
EB+121 AG 52 at Leck AB delivery date on September 8, 1965; to Messerschmitt on December 15, 1965; AG 51 at Ingolstadt-Manching AB on June 6, 1966; airlifted to USA July 4, 1966
planned for SLAR test and modified to RF-104G-1; tested 1967 at Palmdale; program canceled in favour of the Phantom RF-4E
stored at Palmdale (German shadow serial number 2473); in non flyable status airlifted to MBB on March 17, 1972
withdrawn from use 1972 due to the fact that a modification was not practicable; struck off charge order (AVA) September 15, 1972
on pole at Erding AB 1974 coded "80+58" (old zip code of Erding); 1982 refurbished, coded as "80+58" as Erding gate guard May 26, 1989
1996 on pole at Erding AB coded "24+73" (renamed Luftwaffeninstandhaltungsregiment 1 on July 1, 2002); LVR 1 marks 2007 noted
repainted 2009; October 28, 2009 it was mounted back on its pole; January 1, 2013 renamed Waffensystemunterstützungszentrum 1 (WaSysUstgZ 1) at Erding AB; November 2017 last noted
in June 2020 taken down and stored for restauration at Erding AB; late October 2023 the aircraft was installed on a pole at the WIWeB buildings in Erding.

"Wehrwissenschaftliches Institut für Werk- und Betriebsstoffe" (WIWeB)

Project "Recce": included 66 RF-104G from ARGE-Nord, which were converted to RF-104G before delivery. They were mainly intended for the second squadron of WaSLw 10, AG 51, AG 52 and project Columbus.

interesting note: aircraft was never coded "24+73" during the Luftwaffe times!

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