F-104G "12754" (65-12754) sitting on the Luke AFB ramp

F-104G, construction number 683D-8077, company model 683-10-19, US serial number 65-12754, built by Fokker
manufactured by North Group (ARGE-Nord); first flight June 15, 1963 coded KG+177 at Fokker-Schiphol; acceptance date on July 12, 1963 by BABwFokker (RNAF-MTA)
project "Roland" (for JG 71) in AWX (All Weather Fighter) version with "Wing Pylon Bomb Provision" modification
LVR 3 (Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 3) at Manching AB on July 16, 1963 for modifications; camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order TA-196 at Messerschmitt
planned code BB+246 not used; planned delivery to JG 71 was not executed (planned code JA+255 not used)
ordered for project "Columbus III" on January 27, 1965; to Messerschmitt for disassembly on February 1, 1965
shipped to USA on February 25, 1965; modifications by Lockheed-California at Palmdale and delivered to the USAF on May 12, 1966
 operated by the 4510 CCTW at Luke AFB (shadow serial number 2378) in USAF Silver-finish colors coded 12754; IRAN by Lockheed-California at Palmdale on May 11, 1971
crashed August 29, 1973 20 NM south east of Ajo, at the town of Hotason, Arizona,
after midair collision with construction number 9003 (US sn 63-13276) during rejoin after an Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) mission
pilot was killed due to parachute malfunction after a successful bail-out (only partial parachute opening due to deficient maintenance on container)
1.736 flight hours, operated by 418 TFTS 58 TFTW; written off.

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