F-104G "12747" (65-12747) 69 TFTS of 58th TFTW at Luke AFB, Arizona 1982

F-104G, construction number 683D-7098, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 65-12747, built by Messerschmitt (MTT)
manufactured by South Group (ARGE-Süd); assembly by Messerschmitt-Manching starting June 10, 1963
assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 3; first flight August 27, 1963 coded KE+398
construction level "Zeus" as Fighterbomber (for MFG 1) with long range tanks installed, "AS.30" and AS.34 "Kormoran" wiring system and Vulcan M61 20 mm machine gun as loose part
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date October 18, 1963 by BABwMTT; LwVersRgt 3 at Manching AB on October 22, 1963 for modifications and stored
not delivered to a wing in Germany; planned for project "Columbus" on January 27, 1965; airlifted to USA on March 10, 1965 according project "Columbus III" to Lockheed-Burbank
reassembled and modified to the latest modification level at Lockheed-Palmdale
 operated by the 4510th CCTW at Luke AFB in USAF Silver-finish colors with USAF markings coded 12747 (German shadow serial number 2223); 2.445 flight hours during IRAN in May 1977
flown until end of operation at Luke AFB on March 16, 1983; struck off charge order (AVA) July 21, 1983; with 3.238 flight hours sold to USAF with "Phase II" lot
MAP (Military Assistance Program) to ROCAF under project "Ali Shan No.8" in 1983 coded as "4389"; operated by 2 Wing from 1989 till March 1994
withdrawn from use March 7, 1994; scrapped 1998.

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