KLu : Lockheed TF-104G
The TF-104G was the fighter-trainer version of the well known Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.
Eighteen “Duals” of this type came into Dutch service from 1963 onwards and were serialled
D-5702 and D-5801 to D-5817.
Several conversion schools were formed at Twenthe , Leeuwarden and Volkel in order to make pilots getting used to flying the F-104. The “Dutch Masters” OCU at Twenthe was the most significant unit .
As to the livery of these TF’s : at first they were painted in nevellish grey , but later on – during the Seventies – they were all camouflaged. At this time the Base Flights of Leeuwarden and Volkel were the primary users of the two-seaters.
By 1984 phasing-out time had come and ten aircraft were transferred to the Turkish Air Force to begin a second life . The remainder was eighter withdrawn fom use or donated for museum purposes. All but one (D-5802 that was written off shortly after delivery in 1967) TF-104G Starfighters are depicted below in their various colour schemes and career-moments: