D-5810 comes to live!!


Yesterday, Sunday April 6th, Steve Alex managed to get TF-104G D-5810 electrical systems running again at his location in Bangor Maine. USA.

After four hours of work and isolating a bad control relay unit Steve was able to bring full 400 Hz AC power on to the jet with the help of a ground power unit.
A very exciting step accomplished!!
See photo of lighted up cockpit and landing lights.  The next step will be running hydraulic systems and installing the engine, hopefully, this summer.
Steve is still desperately looking for Dutch timers and clocks which are missing inside the TF. WHO CAN HELP ?????


  1. Roger "Kicker" Seroo

    Hi Steve! It would be great to get this former KLu TF-104G back in the air again! When I saw her back in Hoofddorp with the “Luchtvaartcollege” it was in a very good shape with just minor corrosion inside the air intakes. I know I speak for all dutch Zipper-enthousiasts when I say that we really would love it to get this beauty back into the air again!!! We keep our fingers crossed!!!!
    Congrats already for putting her “under steam” again after all these years!!



    1. Nelte

      Hi Kicker,

      recently I bought a cockpit in the NL without any identification marks. While looking for information I have seen a foto taken by yourself showing a cockpit with the identification mark 26+17 of the GAF.
      Is there anything you can tell me concerning the history of this cockpit because I have the impression this could be mine now.


      Otto Johannes Nelte

  2. Ron

    Very nice to read about this “reborn” Dutch Starfighter. Hopefully it will keep Dutch colours and cockpits.
    Probaby I can help with some Dutch cockpit spare parts from my own cockpit project.


    1. Steve

      Hi Ron, If you could help with Dutch Klu stop watches and clocks that would be a big help.

  3. Chuck

    Well done, Steve. Need a pilot for the inevitable taxi tests?


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