RF-104G 21+19 MFG 2 on a High Altitude Recce mission in the Baltic Sea 1985

RF-104G, construction number 683D-6674, 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 23, 1965 coded KC+153 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 June 23, 1965 by BABwFIAT
VB+214 MFG 2 delivery date on June 30, 1965 at Eggebek AB
21+19 Navy camouflage scheme "Norm 76" according tech order "TA-196-3" in 1971
modified to MARINE-Recce version "TA-1401" with Side Oblique Camera (SOC) KS-87B on March 16, 1979, back to MFG 2 on May 9, 1979
August 17, 1983 to Luftwaffenschleuse 11 for AN/ALE-40(N) Chaff/Flare countermeasure dispenser equipment according tech order "TA-1469", back to MFG 2 on September 27, 1983
"F-104 Farewell" flight starting on August 11, 1986, when 4 German Navy Starfighter flew all the way to NAS Moffet Field, California,
to say thanks and good-by for a great time staying in USA and flying the 104
during the return flight emergency landing at Sonderstrom, Greenland on August 20, 1986 after loss of one hydraulic system,
ferried back by C-160 "Transall" transporter; withdrawn from use at LwSchleuse 11 on October 7, 1986 with 3.237 flight hours; struck off charge order (AVA) December 6, 1986
MAP (Military Assistance Program) to Hellenic Air Force coded as "FG-6674" on December 16, 1986 to 116 Wing at Araxos AB
last flight from 116 Combat Wing to 132 Combat Group at Agrinion AB (HAF Detachment) in 1992 and withdrawn from use; stored Agrinion AB September 2005 noted
stored (dump) at Agrinion AB coded "6674" in October 2017 last noted.

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  Peter Doll