Photo of F-104G VA+115: wanted coded KE+395 or VA+115

F-104G VA+115 (no photo)

F-104G, construction number 683D-7095, company model 683-10-19, built by Messerschmitt (MTT)
manufactured by South Group (ARGE-Süd); assembly by Messerschmitt-Manching starting May 10, 1963
assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 3; first flight September 11, 1963 coded KE+395
construction level "Zeus" as Fighterbomber (for MFG 1) with long range tanks installed,
"AS.30" anti-ship missile wiring system and Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun as loose part
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196" in September 1963
acceptance date by BABwMTT September 30, 1963; LwVersRgt 3 at manching AB on October 2, 1963 for modifications
VA+115 MFG 1 at Schleswig-Jagel AB delivery date on March 13, 1964
crashed on May 10, 1966 after a midair collision in bad weather (sea fog) with VB+240 (construction number 7197)
during NATO exercise "Wodden Walls" 30 NM NW of Texel island entering a sea fog bank into the North Sea; pilot did not eject and was killed
struck off charge order (AVA) February 9, 1967.
30 NM NW of Texel island, at 10:44 MEZ entering a sea fog bank as leader of a 4 ship, both pilots were missing and never found.

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