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" and "Kormoran" 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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