F-104F BB+370 on the flightline at Norvenich AB

F-104F, construction number 283-5057, company model 483-04-08, US serial number 59-5004, built by Lockheed
manufactured by Lockheed Aircraft Cooperation (LAC), Burbank; first flight in 1960 with US serial number coded "59-5004" at Palmdale
coded BB+370 shipped in boxes to Bremerhaven; rail transport to Messerschmitt-Norvenich for reassembly on July 13, 1960
Messerschmitt test flight on August 11, 1960; acceptance date by BABwMTT on September 16, 1960
WaSLw 10 (OTU Operational Training Unit) at Norvenich AB delivery date on September 16, 1960 in Silver-finish colors
crashed June 19, 1962 into an open brown coal-mine at Knapsack near Norvenich during a practice show formation
after disorientation of leader when entering a cloud deck, pilot (US IP) was killed; struck off charge order (AVA) July 17, 1962.

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