Other Exercises

Aside the well known exercises F-104 also participated in other mostly smaller organized exercises and events, These have been listed down here in alphabetic order.

ADVENT EXPRESS 1975 - Coningsby - 27 November till 8 December 1975

This year 28 Gruppo (part of 3 Aerobrigata) from Villafranca, Italy participated with their F-104 Starfighters. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise. Aircraft seen at Coningsby were RF-104Gs: MM6637/3-21, MM6632/3-22, MM6646/3-24, MM6647/3-25, MM6633/3-27 and MM6635/3-31. Pre-exercise visit took place on August 21st involving RF-104Gs MM6637/3-21 and MM6643/3-28. (Thanks to Dave Wilton for this information) Beneath two photos taken at Coningsby during the exercise showing MM6635/3-31 returning from an other mission and MM6637/3-21 taxying away home in the early morning.

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ADVENTURE EXPRESS - Erhac - June 1983

Italian Air Force 132 Gruppo (3 Stormo) from Villafranca, participated with the F-104G Starfighter. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise.

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AFCENT ADC (Air Defense Competition) 1965 - Unknown - 1965

This year the very first ADC was held, unknown if Starfighters participated but it is very likely.

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AFCENT ADC (Air Defense Competition) 1966 - Neuburg - 1966

Dutch Air Force 322 Squadron Starfighters won this 1966 competition. (Beneath the Dutch team with their Trophy). Also a photo taken at Neuburg showing two JG74 Starfighters and some competition behind them (JG74 archives).

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AFCENT ADC (Air Defense Competition) 1967 - Soesterberg AFB and Wittmundhafen AB - 5 till 7 June 1967

Dutch Air Force 322 Squadron and German Air Force JG71 (JA+111, JA+117 and JA+236). The Germans and Dutch replaced eachother during this Air Defense exercise against the 32FiS F-102A Delta Daggers from Soesterberg AFB.
JG71 won the "Heddleston Trophy" but also the "Guynemer Trophy" and became the best team of all the West German Air Defence sectors. Wilhelm “Willy” Göbel was team leader of the WTM team. Beneath two photos thanks to Wilhelm Göbel

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AFCENT ADC (Air Defense Competition) 1968 - Gutersloh -  1968

The Belgian Air Force 1Wing ended up second during this exercise.

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AFCENT ADC (Air Defense Competition) 1968 - Twenthe AFB - June 1968

Dutch Air Force 323 Squadron flew with D-6653, 6656, 8053, 8058, 8319 and 8331 as partner with the 32nd FiS with six Delta Daggers. The German Air Force JG71 (20+85) and JG74 participated as well. The JG74 won the competition together with the Hahn, Germany stationed 496th FiS from the USAF. The Dutch Starfighters had special AirTac badges on their tails. Beneath a photo taken at Twenthe Air Base by Hans Koning showing the special AFCENT markings on one of the Dutch Starfighters. The other photo show the 323 Squadron pilots and right the 32nd TFS pilots in front of D-8331 which shows also the dragon badge linked to Leeuwarden Air Base. (Thanks to Marcel te Slaa). The color photo shows the D-6656 receiving some radar maintenance, note the F-102A on the left (tail).

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AFCENT ADC (Air Defense Competition) 1969 - Wittmundhafen AFB - 16 till 18 April 1969

Dutch Air Force 322 Squadron (D-8090, D-8319, D-8331, D-8338 and D-6653) and German Air Force JG71 (23+54)
Due to the tragic accident with TF-104G 27+32 on April 15th the Germans were quite reserved but layed host role to their interceptor partners from 322 Squadron at Wittmundhafen.

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AFCENT ADC (Air Defense Competition) 1970 - Gutersloh - 17 March till 9 April 1970

The Belgian Air Force was represented by the two Starfighter squadrons of 1Wing being the 349th and 350th Squadron. One of the aircraft seen was FX21,

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AFCENT ADC (Air Defense Competition) 1970 - Soesterberg AFB - 27 till 29 April 1970

Dutch Air Force 322 Squadron participated. Aircraft seen were D-8083 and D-8120.

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ALEXANDER EXPRESS - Tanagra - June 1973

Italian Air Force 28 Gruppo (part of 3rd Aerobrigata) from Villafranca, participated with the RF-104G Starfighter. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise.

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ALLY EXPRESS - Eskisehir - September 1988

Italian Air Force 132 Gruppo (3 Stormo) from Villafranca, participated with the F-104G Starfighter. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise.

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ANVIL EXPRESS - Eskisehir - September 1980

Italian Air Force 132 Gruppo (3 Stormo) from Villafranca, participated with the F-104G Starfighter. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise.

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ARCHWAY EXPRESS - Eskisehir - October 1985

Italian Air Force 132 Gruppo (3 Stormo) from Villafranca, participated with the F-104G Starfighter. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise.

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ARDENT GROUND - Florennes - Late April / Early May 1988

This year 132 Gruppo (3 Stormo) from Villafranca, participated with their F-104 Starfighters. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise..
Aircraft seen at Florennes were: MM6529/3-01, MM6593/3-05, MM6513/3-06, MM6590/3-11 and MM6608/3-15

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AURORA EXPRESS - Erhac - June 1987

Italian Air Force 132 Gruppo (3 Stormo) from Villafranca, participated with the F-104G Starfighter. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise.

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AVON EXPRESS 1977 - Yeovilton - 15 till 26 November 1977

This year 28 Gruppo (3 Stormo) from Villafranca, Italy participated with their F-104 Starfighters. It was an AMF (Allied Command Europe - Mobile Force) exercise.
Aircraft seen at Coningsby were RF-104Gs: MM6633/3-27, MM6647/3-29, MM6635/3-31, MM6645/3-34 and F-104Gs: MM6593/3-41 and
MM6522/3-45.
Pre-exercise visit took place on July 13th involving RF-104Gs MM6648/3-23, MM6649/3-29, MM6631/3-32 and TF-104G MM54232/20-6.
(Thanks to Dave Wilton)
Beneath two photos showing F-104G MM6522/3-45 with Orpheus recce pod and RF-104G MM6645/3-34 both at Yeovilton.

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Best Hit 1972 - Larissa AB - 13 till 22 July 1972

Turkish Air Force 191 Filo including F-104G aircraft 62-12313, 62-12325, 62-12328, 62-12336, 63-12732 and 63-13644 and 141 Filo with 61-2613 and 61-2621.
Photos beneath show aircraft 61-2621 and the former Spanish Air Force 63-12732 (adopted 2 months earlier by Turkey) thanks to Dick Lohuis from his collection and 62-12313 and 63-13644 thanks to Paul van den Elsaker (his collection).

See also: http://www.thunderstreaks.com/exercises/larissa-greece-best-hit-airsouth-fighter-weapons-meet-july-18-20-1972/

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Best Hit 1973 - Istrana AB - July 1973

No Starfighters participated except some TF-104G as referee aircraft including MM54227/20-2, MM54233/20-9, MM54251/20-15 and MM54259/20-24 from 20 Gruppo .

See also: http://www.thunderstreaks.com/exercises/istrana-italy-best-hit-airsouth-weapons-meet-july-17th-1973/

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Best Hit 1974 - Murted AB - 16 till 27 July 1974

Turkish Air Force 141 Filo including F-104G aircraft 61-2620, 62-12333, 62-12339, 63-12718 and 64-17783 which were seen on a press day on July 16th.
However during this exercise the Cyprus crisis began which affected the exercise.

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Bold Game - NATO airbases - 1966

German Navy MFG2

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Bold Game - NATO airbases - 22 April till 11 May 1986

German Navy MFG2

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Bold Guard - Schleswig Jagel AB - 13 till 22 September 1978

German Navy MFG1

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Botany Bay - NATO airbases - 13 till 24 September 1965

German Navy MFG1 (including VA+155)

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Botany Bay - NATO airbases - 7 till 25 September 1977

German Navy MFG1, MFG2

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Botany Bay - NATO airbases - 4 till 29 September 1979

German Navy MFG1, MFG2

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Bright Horizon - NATO airbases - 1966

German Navy MFG2

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Bright Horizon - NATO airbases - 10 till 22 May 1979

German Navy MFG2

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Bright Horizon - NATO airbases - 6 till 15 May 1986

German Navy MFG2

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Brown Falcon - NATO airbases - October 1974

Danish Air Force 726 Eskader

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Brown Falcon - NATO airbases - 27 till 28 May 1986

German Navy MFG2

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Central Enterprise - NATO airbases - June 1983

In the second week of June Danish Air Force 726 Eskadrille based at Aalborg, flying the F-104G and CF-104 participated this exercise from Soesterberg AFB. A number of Danish Starfighters visited Soesterberg AFB being TF-104G RT-682 (8 till 10 June) and F-104G's R-345 (6 to 10 June), R-348 (8 till 10 June), R-646 (6 till 8 June), R-702 (6 till 10 June), R-703 (6 till 10 June). All aircraft were from 726 Eskadrille except R-646 which was from 723 Eskadrille (likely used on loan). Beneath some photos taken at Soesterberg during the exercise, first the RT-682 (taken by Roel Reijne on June 9th), R-646, R-703 (taken by Martin Herbert), R-345 (taken by Henk de Ridder)and finally R-348 (taken by Roel Reijne).

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China Coat - NATO airbases - 16 till 22 September 1969

German Navy MFG1 and MFG2

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Clean Hunter - Wittmundhafen - 13 till 29 June 2001

Four Starfighters from 10 Gruppo (9 Stormo) based at Grazzanise participated being : MM6778/9-40, MM6929/9-43, MM6776/9-46 and MM6930/9-53.
See also article on the web here: http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/hangar/2002/wittmund/wittmund.htm
Beneath photos thanks to Mick Balter showing aircraft MM6778 code 9-40, MM6929 code 9-43 and finally Capt Ferrara "Cheero" inside MM6776 code 9-46.

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Cooperative Key - Akinci - July 1998

Italian Air Force 18 Gruppo (37 Stormo) with 4 F-104S/ASA Starfighters (1 camo + 3 grey)

 

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Dawn Patrol - Greece - June/July 1970

Hellenic Air Force 335 Mira participated in this NATO exercise.

 

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Desert Strike - California - May 1964

USAF F-104C aircraft from 479TFW at George AFB, participated in this joint USAF/US ARMY exercise in the Ft.Irwin California range area. F-104C 56-922  was dressed in battle stripes for this exercise.


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Display Determination - Rimini AB / Eskisehir AB - September 1987

Turkish Air Force 181 Filo (8 AJU) participated at Rimini AB with CF-104's: 104733/8-733, 104756/8-756, 104776/8-776, 104808/8-808 and CF-104Ds 104642/8-642, 104658/8-658.
Italian Air Force 102 Gruppo (5 Stormo), based at Rimini, participated at Eskisehir AB during this period with their F-104S/ASA aircraft.

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Display Determination - Grazzanise AB - September 1989

Turkish Air Force 192 Filo (9 AJU) with F-104G Starfighters participated being F-104G 7119/9-119, 9156/9-156, 8163/9-163, 8299/9-299 and TF-104Gs 5703/9-703 and 6927/9-927. The TF-104G 5703 is seen beneath (photo by Ron Damstra) and F-104G 8163 (photo by E. Lang)

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Distant Hammer - Bandirma - May 1986

During this exercise the Italian Air Force 102 Gruppo (5 Stormo) based at Rimini AB, flying the F-104S Starfighter participated.

 

Dragon Hammer - Gioia Del Colle AB - May 1987

This year the Turkish Air Force 191 filo (9 AJU), based at Balikesir AB, flying the F-104S / TF-104G aircraft, participated at Gioia del Colle as a deployment for exercise Dragon Hammer. Aircraft seen were TF-104Gs 61-3028/9-028, 61-3029/9-029, 5807/9-807 and single seat F-104Ss 6865/9-865, 6906/9-906. Beneath a photo of a formation during the exercise taken on May 5th, showing the Turkish 2-seater aircraft 9-029 and Gioia based F-104S MM6940/36-02.

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Dragon Hammer - Grazzanise AB / Valencia AB - April 1989

During this exercise the Turkish Air Force 161 Filo (6 AJU) based at Bandirma AB, flying the F-104G aircraft, participated at Grazzanise with F-104G 7093/6-093, 7164/6-164 (seen beneath), 7190/6-190, 7432/6-432 and TF-104Gs 5923/6-923, 5950/6-950 (seen beneath). The Italian Air Force 18 Gruppo (37 Stormo), based at Trapani AB, flying the F-104S/ASA, participated from the Spanish Air Base Valencia.

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EOLO - Orange AB, France - June 1998

The Italian Air Force 23 Gruppo (5 Stormo), from Cervia AB, flying the F-104S/ASA, deployed to Orange during June 1998 for this exercise which took place together with the French national exercise ODAX.

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EOLO - Albacete, Spain - June 2000

The Italian Air Force 23 Gruppo (5 Stormo), from Cervia AB, flying the F-104S/ASA, participated also.

 

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Equal Effort - NATO airbases - 15 till 29 September 1971

German Navy MFG2

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Good Grill - NATO airbases - 10 till 20 September 1973

German Navy MFG2

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Northern Merger - NATO airbases - 6 till 27 September 1974

German Navy MFG1 and MFG2

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Northern Wedding - NATO airbases - 19 till 25 September 1970

German Navy MFG1

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Northern Wedding - NATO airbases including Lista AB and Mildenhall AFB - 4 till 19 September 1978

German Navy MFG1

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Northern Wedding - NATO airbases - 6 till 17 September 1982

German Navy MFG2

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Ocean Safari - Orland AB - 14 till 20 November 1975

German Navy MFG1 (with six F-104Gs)

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Ocean Safari - Orland AB - 25 September till 5 October 1979

German Navy MFG2 (with six RF-104Gs, five F-104Gs and one TF-104G)

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ODAX - Cazaux AB - 18 till 26 April 2001

Trapani-Birgi based 18 Gruppo (37 Stormo) brought four Starfighters to France for the ODAX exercise. These were F-104S/ASAM MM6732/37-04, MM6914/37-01, MM6926/37-12 and MM6939/37-22. The aircraft used callsigns “I 6926” and “I 6732”.

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Priory Air Defense Exercise  - RAF Binbrook - mid July 1982

Dutch Air Force 311 Squadron participated with four F-104G Starfighters D-8022, D-8048, D-8114 and D-8326.
Beneath a photo showing D-8048 parked next to D-8114 at Binbrook on July 13th. (thanks to Kelvin Wyatt)

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Silver Tower - NATO airbases - 17 till 29 September 1968

German Navy MFG1

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Strong Express - NATO airbases - 15 till 25 September 1972

German Navy MFG1 and MFG2

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Tactical Fighter Weaponry - Aalborg - 16 till 20 August 1976

German Navy MFG1 (five F-104Gs)

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Tactical Fighter Weaponry - Aalborg - 16 till 19 August 1977

German Navy MFG2

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Tactical Fighter Weaponry - Aalborg - 14 till 18 August 1978

German Navy MFG2

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Tactical Fighter Weaponry - Aalborg - 16 till 23 August 1980

German Navy MFG1 (six F-104Gs) and MFG2 (six F-104G)

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Tactical Fighter Weaponry - Aalborg - 17 till 31August 1981

German Navy MFG2 (twelve F-104G)

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Tactical Fighter Weaponry - Aalborg - 20 till 31August 1984

German Navy MFG2 (twelve F-104G)

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Tactical Fighter Weaponry - Skrydstrup - 25 August to 8 September 2000 

The Italian Air Force 18 Gruppo (37 Stormo), based at Trapani AB, flying the F-104S/ASA-M was deployed to this Danish Air Base for this event.
Aircraft seen were: F-104's MM6772/37-11, MM6775/37-10, MM6926/37-12 and MM6939/37-22.

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TACPOL - Leeuwarden AB - 29 till 31 March 1983

Dutch Air Force 306 Squadron (D-8107, D-8127) and Canadian Air Force CF-104s 104743 and 104873.

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Tactical Discussions and Procedures Update - Beauvechain - 29 January to 1 February 1996

The Italian Air Force 23 Gruppo (5 Stormo), based at Cervia AB, flying the F-104S/ASA was deployed to this Belgium Air Base for this event.
Seen were F-104's  MM6771/5-31 and MM6786/5-32.

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Team Work - NATO airbases - 10 till 24 September 1976

German Navy MFG1 and MFG2

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Team Work - Sola AB - 15 till 22 September 1980

German Navy MFG1 (six F-104G) and MFG2 (six F-104G)

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Team Work - Sola AB - 6 till 15 March 1984

German Navy MFG2 (six F-104G)

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Wooden Walls - NATO airbases - 1966

German Navy MFG2

 

Comment: Some exercises have not been mentioned like the TACEVAL exercises. Nearly all units had TACEVAL events each year.
This is not a real exercise but an evaluation during 2 or 3 days.
Sometimes TACEVAL was conducted on a different airbase and sometimes other units deployed to the airbase of the “evaluated” unit to support the event.
But still these are not true exercises.