TF-104G JA+373 JG 71 "Richthofen"

TF-104G, construction number 583F-5909, model 583-10-20, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Lockheed and Messerschmitt (ARGE-Süd), assembly according contract lot 2
fuselage assembled at Messerschmitt-Augsburg, wings manufactured at Messerschmitt-Manching
ARGE-Süd parts (fuselage, wings and tail) airlifted to USA on April 26, 1965 with a Canadair CL-44D of "Flying Tiger Line"; Lockheed assembled coded KF+209; first flight 1965
airlifted to AVIO Diepen at Ypenburg, Netherlands on October 5, 1965 for reassembly
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date November 17, 1965 by BABwFokker
JA+373 JG 71 at Wittmund AB delivery date on November 23, 1965
27+80 WaSLw 10 (OCU 10) on January 4, 1974; withdrawn from use 1978 with 2.032 flight hours; struck off charge order (AVA) October 4, 1978
flown to Greece for the Hellenic Air Force (Elliniki Vassiliki Aeroporia) on August 7, 1978 coded as "TFG-5909"
crashed April 15, 1980 with 335 Mira of 116 Ptx (Wing) into the sea near Zakynthos for unknown reason; written off; the pilots and the plane were never found!

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