F-104G 21+85 WTD 61 Manching (EDSI) taking off from RAF Fairford after RIAT 1985

F-104G, construction number 683D-7054, model 683-10-19, built by Messerschmitt (MTT)
manufactured by South Group (ARGE-Süd); assembly start by Messerschmitt-Manching September 25, 1962
assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 2; first flight May 21, 1963 coded KE+354 in Silver-finish colors
acceptance date by BABwMTT June 24, 1963
project "Loreley" as Fighterbomber (for JaboG 33) with Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun installed and long range tanks as loose parts
KE+354 ErpSt 61 (Erprobungsstelle 61) at Manching AB delivery date on June 24, 1963; deployed to Istres, France from 1963-1966
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196" in 1966
21+85 WTD 61 (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61) at Manching AB until 1985; withdrawn from use and stored at LwSchleuse 11 on August 6, 1985
struck off charge order (AVA) November 28, 1985
airlifted to Turkish Air Force (TuAF serial number 63-7054) with 1.351 flight hours on March 20, 1986
for spare parts use only (no code); likely scrapped.

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