RF-104G 21+18 Marinefliegergeschwader 2 (MFG 2) during the "Best Focus" exercise at Eggebek AB in June 1980

RF-104G, construction number 683D-6673, company model 683-04-10, built by FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino)
manufactured by Italian Group (ARGE-Italien); RF-104G production in Photoreconnaissance version; first flight April 12, 1965 coded KC+152 at FIAT, Turin-Caselle
project "Earl" (for MFG 2) as RF-104G with "AS.30" anti-ship missile delivery system installed
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date by BABwFIAT May 31, 1965
VB+213 MFG 2 (Navy Wing 2) at Eggebek AB delivery date on June 1, 1965
21+18 Navy camouflage scheme "Norm 76" according tech order "TA-196-3" in June 1970; at IAT at Greenham Common in June 1979
modified to MARINE-Recce version "TA-1401" with Side Oblique Camera (SOC) KS-87B on July 9, 1979, back to MFG 2 on December 18, 1979
participated at "Best Focus" exercise at Eggebek AB in June 1980
Luftwaffenschleuse 11 on May 4, 1983 for AN/ALE-40(N) Chaff/Flare countermeasure dispenser equipment according tech order "TA-1469", back to MFG 2 on June 22, 1983
crashed on March 27, 1985 about 50 NM west of Helgoland due to engine failure after firing a "AS.30" anti-ship missile, pilot ejected safely; struck off charge order (AVA) December 9, 1985.

Project "Earl": 27 RF-104G from the ARGE-Italy for the 1.Staffel (Squadron) of MFG 2 at Eggebek with built-in AS.30 "Kormoran" anti-ship missile delivery wiring system.

copyright  Stefan Goossens