F-104G KH+101 at SABCA with the Belgian civil OO-FSA (Fairey-SABCA) registration 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
as the aircraft cannot yet fly under German registration it also received the Belgian civil OO-FSA (Fairey-SABCA); 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
DA+105 JaboG 31 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 4510 CCTW at Luke AFB (shadow serial number 2556) in US Silver-finish colors coded 13274
crashed August 5, 1968 near 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 safely
struck off charge order (AVA) December 11, 1968, written off; operated that day by 4512 CCTS; 871 flight hours; 431-114 J-79.

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