F-104G "KH+101" getting ready for a test flight at SABCA at Gosselies, Belgium 1961

F-104G, construction number 9001, US serial number 63-13274, built by Lockheed, reassembled by SABCA
the first F-104G serial 9001 was build and tested by Lockheed, Palmdale (USA); first flight August 3, 1961 at Lockheed, 30 flights total; sold by Lockheed as pattern aircraft
the aircraft was then dismantled and carried by a Canadair CL-44 to Belgium where it was reassembled by the SABCA/Fairey consortium starting November 4, 1961
reassembled for the  calibration of the production equipment; coded KH+101 at Gosselies, Belgium on November 4, 1961
project "42" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 31) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and Long Range tanks as loose parts
accepted by BABwSABCA in Silver-finish colors; December 1, 1961 first flight by Bernard Neefs
coded as "FX-1" at SABCA on a rainy December 4, 1961 representing the first SABCA build F-104G being construction number 9001
military test flights at Gosselies: 11.5.1962; 11.5.1962 and 16.5.1962 as KH-101 (delivery)
DA+105 JaboG 31 at Norvenich AB delivery date on May 16, 1962; recoded DR+105 on February 22, 1963; LPR 1 (Luftwaffenparkregiment 1) at Erding AB for system standardization according project "Balance"
planned for project "Columbus" November 15, 1962; according project "Columbus" airlifted to Burbank, CA, USA coded BG+145 on July 22, 1963; reassembled and modified to the latest modification level at Palmdale
 operated by th 4510 CCTW at Luke AFB (shadow serial number 2556) in US Silver-finish colors coded 13274
crashed August 5, 1968 at Luke AFB in the landing pattern after a transition (first solo) mission, pilot ejected safely after encountering asymmetrical flap (Split Flaps) condition,
pilot could not stop the roll tendency of the aircraft and ejected; struck off charge order (AVA) December 11, 1968, written off; operated by 4512 CCTS; 871 flight hours; engine 431-114 J-79.

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