F-104G YA+114 ErpSt 61 (Erprobungsstelle 61) Manching AB

F-104G, construction number 683D-9031, model 683-10-19, built by SABCA
manufactured by West Group (ARGE-West); assembly start at SABCA-Gosselies on March 27, 1963
first flight May 30, 1963 with construction number "9031" in AWX (All Weather Fighter) version
total of 4 factory test flights and 3 military test flights with 8 flight hours
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"
acceptance date July 8, 1963 coded KH+119 by BABwSABCA
LVR 3 (Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 3) for upgrading on July 31, 1963
Messerschmitt on April 2, 1964 for modification to Fighterbomber version
YA+114 ErpSt 61 at Manching AB delivery date on September 25, 1964
DA+108 JaboG 31 on December 21, 1967
25+73 crashed September 4, 1975 shortly after take-off from Decimomannu AB, Sardegna
after engine failure due to compressor stall caused by a screwdriver in the engine intake (FOD)
pilot ejected safely; struck off charge order (AVA) January 10, 1977.

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