F-104G "13232" (63-13232) 69th TFTS of 58th TTW Luke AFB, Arizona (with intake covers for an engine test run)

F-104G, construction number 683-2013, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 63-13232, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Group USA (ARGE-USA); assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 2; flight test release October 27, 1961; first flight in 1961
flight tests flown with register number "113" only; accepted by BABwLockheed in 1961 in Silver-finish colors
DA+110 assigned to 6516th Flight Line Maintenance Squadron at Edwards AFB with "Joint Test Force" team on June 12, 1961 for "Category II" tests (Radar, Navigation, Gunnery)
June 24, 1961 First Belgian Solo Flight at Edwards AFB with DA+110 by Steve Cailleau
after 95 missions and 172 flight hours total flown airlifted with a CL-44D airfreighter to Messerschmitt-Manching on October 26, 1962
project "Lorely" (for JaboG 33) was not implemented; planned code DC+106 was not used; not reassembled and stored; planned for project "Columbus" on November 15, 1962
according project "Columbus" airlifted coded BG+103 on December 22, 1962 to Lockheed-Palmdale, USA for reassembly
 operated at Luke AFB by the 4510th CCTW (German shadow serial number 2011) in USAF Silver-finish coded 13232; 2.599 flight hours in May 1977
crashed on July 11, 1977 after a Nuclear Weapons Delivery mission (NWD) on Gila Bend Range No.3
during target run-in the engine failed after a compressor stall, from Range No.3 the pilot immediately turned to Gila Bend Aux Field for an emergency landing and was just 1 NM on short final
pilot US IP ejected safely at about 300 feet, aircraft operated that day by the 69 TFTS, 58 TTW (Tactical Training Wing); written off; struck off charge order (AVA) July 11, 1977.

copyright  Klaas Folkersma