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Germann Squadron 71 "Richthofen"

May 31, 2022 · in Aviation · · 13 · 1.4K

Tactical Luftwaffe Squadron 71 "Richthofen" 1963-1973: Starfighters

On April 9, 1963, the first Starfighters landed in Wittmund: Registration number KH+112 by Oberleutnant Manfred Fischer and HK+114 by Oberleutnant Diether von Olleschik. It was the first Bundeswehr Fighter Squadron to be equipped with this type of Aircraft.

On April 24, 1965, Federal President Heinrich Lübke donated a troop flag to all Luftwaffe Units in Munich, including JG 71. On July 28, 1966, Defense Minister Kai-Uwe von Hassel visited the Squadron. On September 22, 1966, the Squadron took over newly built storage Halls for the F-104, which had been outdoors until then. During Tactical reviews by NATO (TAC EVAL; Tactical Evaluation), from June 2 to 5, 1970, the Squadron concluded with the Final Rating "Excellent" and on September 24, 1970, the Commanding General of the Air Force Group North, Lieutenant General Helmut Mahlke, awarded the 1 The Squadron' S Fighter Squadron as the best unit of the 4th Air Force Division.

By March 1973, around 75,000 flight hours had been flown with the Squadron' s F-104Gs.

Kit: Revell 1:32, Decals Pedinghaus

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13 responses

  1. Wonderful model and great historical facts, Hans Peter!
    Gut erledigt!

  2. Nice looking build and display, Hans.

  3. Very nice build, Hans Peter @messerschmitt
    Your pictures are absolutely showing the most out of this Starfighter.

  4. That is a wonderful build!

  5. Impressive result from that older kit!

  6. Nice work on a kit that "needs help."

  7. Awesome Starfighter!

  8. Great build, beautiful aircraft! Love the finish. Could you tell me what colors you used to achieve the tri-color camo?

  9. Color scheme of the Starfighter: lower side Model Master Ghost Gray 1728, camouflage green Mr Color 64, camouflage neutral gray 53. I hope I could help.

    • Hey Hans, thanx for the feedback on colors. I built a German F-86K using your suggestions.

      3 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  10. Well done, @messerschmitt. It is hard to find a paint scheme for an F-104 that doesn't look cool.

  11. Wow, that's an amazing piece of work and really looks cool.

  12. Hallo Ian, danke Dir für das Feedback. Gruss Hans Peter

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