F-104G 24+81 "Red Baron" Norvenich AB 1983

F-104G, construction number 683D-8231, model 683-10-19, built by Fokker
manufactured by North Group (ARGE-Nord); first flight March 16, 1964 coded KG+331 in AWX (All Weather Fighter) version
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date by BABwFokker (RNAF-MTA) May 28, 1964
LVR 3 (Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 3) Manching on June 9, 1964 for modifications
JD+249 JG 74 at Neuburg AB delivery date on July 10, 1964; heavy damaged on May 25, 1966 after skidding off the runway at Neuburg AB
repaired by Messerschmitt and back to JG 74
24+81 struck off charge order (AVA) December 4, 1973; withdrawn from use at LVR 1 on December 17, 1974 with 1.549 flight hours
with tail of construction number 8199 (24+52) and nose from construction number 8247 (24+94 RF-104G)
in 1977 as decoy "DA+05" to Norvenich AB, training aid code "C035"
coded as "N104RB" (Red Baron) special scheme for an international amateur pilots meeting on May 8, Mai 1982 (non-flyable status!)
the tail was exchanged against the one from construction number 9134 (26+06),
when the aircraft was restored in 1982 and painted up as "Red Baron"
1988 temporary at Butzweilerhof airfield for the opening of the museum there; preserved near the tower of Norvenich AB in the 90s
1997 the aircraft got new colours and a new code for the 40th anniversary of 312 ALMA-Squadron coded as "DA+231"
code "DA+231" was chosen because this was the first number for the 312 Squadron, where the aircraft is displayed
new painted tail "1957-2007 50 years 2nd sqn FBW 31" November 30, 2007; October 2016 last noted.

JaboG 31 renamed Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 31 „Boelcke“ (TaktLwG 31 "B") October 1, 2013

The original F-104RB (Red Baron) set a low-level world speed record over a 3 kilometer course at 1,590 km/h (988.26 mph) on October 24, 1977.

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Der rote Kampfflieger
Rttm. Manfred von Richthofen
wearing the Pour le Mérite
1892-1918