RF-104G VB+249 MFG 2 on the Decimomannu AB flightline 1966

F-104G, construction number 683D-7206, company model 683-10-19, built by Messerschmitt (MTT)
manufactured by South Group (ARGE-Süd); assembly by Messerschmitt-Manching starting December 22, 1964
assembly in Fighterbomber version according contract lot 8; first flight May 3, 1965 coded KE+506; acceptance date July 13, 1965 by BABwMTT
modification level "Prince" as Fighterbomber (for MFG 2) with "AS.30" and AS.34 "Kormoran" anti-ship missile delivery system, Sidewinder missile launch rails and long range tanks
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"
VB+249 MFG 2 at Eggebek AB delivery date on July 26, 1965
23+22 heavily damaged on April 13, 1971 after leaving runway after landing at Eggebek Air Base; repaired at MBB and back to MFG 2 on August 14, 1972
Navy camouflage scheme "Norm 76" according tech order "TA-196-3" in 1972; RF-104G modification at MBB on July 9, 1975
October 16, 1978 to MBB for the MARINE-Recce version according tech order "TA-1401" with Side Oblique Camera (SOC) KS-87B
MFG 2 on December 19, 1978 as 1st modified RF-104G with the SOC equipment
Luftwaffenschleuse 11 for AN/ALE-40(N) Chaff/Flare countermeasure dispenser equipment according tech order "TA-1469" on April 18, 1983, back to MFG 2 on May 20, 1983
LVR 1 "F-104 Kommando" May 5, 1987; WTD 61 at Manching AB on September 2, 1987; withdrawn from use at LwSchleuse 11 on October 14, 1987 with 2.913 flight hours
struck off charge order (AVA) October 21, 1988
MAP (Military Assistance Program) to Hellenic Air Force on November 17, 1988; coded "RF-206" to 116 Pterix at Araxos AB
last flight and withdrawn from use March 2, 1993 at 132 CG (later HAF Detachment Agrinion)
November 17, 2005 HAF HQ approved an F-104G to be displayed in Ellinopyrgos, Attika; transported to KEA Hellinikon for maintenance on May 25, 2006
preserved in Ellinopyrgos, some 25 km W of the city of Karditsa, in western Thessaly on mainland Greece; it arrived on August 4, 2006; March 2021 last noted.

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