F-104G KF+105 in 1961 at Messerschmitt-Manching

F-104G, construction number 683-2029, model 683-10-19, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 3
flown with register number "129" for test flights 1961; coded KF+105 for delivery with 26 flight hours
airlifted with a Canadair CL-44D airfreighter of "Flying Tiger Line" to Messerschmitt-Manching, Germany on October 10, 1961
flight test release October 27, 1961; official first flight in Germany on December 7, 1961
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
acceptance date by BABwMTT March 8, 1962
DA+107 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on March 8, 1962 in Silver-finish colors
crashed on May 22, 1962 shortly after take-off from Norvenich Air Base at Mersch near Jülich after engine failure
due to loss of pressure in the fuel system, this resulted in the closure of the Inlet Guide Vanes (IGV)
pilot ejected safely at approximately 90 feet but was badly injured; written off; struck off charge order (AVA) May 2, 1963
Primary cause: technical: closure of the Inlet Guide Vanes.

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