In the period December 1962 - November 1984, the Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Nederlandse Luchtmacht) operated
a total of 138 Lockheed F-104G Starfighters. The KLu operated 3 versions
of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter: the F-104G, TF-104G and RF-104G. Of the 138 of the type delivered:
95 F-104G/RF-104 were built by Fokker (registered in the range D-8013 /
D-8343), 25 F-104G were built by FIAT (registered in the range D-6652 /
D-6700) and 18 TF-104G were built by Lockheed (registered D-5702 / D-5817).
On 8 October 1979, Lockheed F-104G Starfighter D-6654 of the 323 sqdn of the Royal Dutch Air Force
was photographed when waiting with 3 sister ships for take-off at Leeuwarden AFB in the Netherlands.
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter D-6654 was built by FIAT in Italy and entered service with
the Royal Netherlands Air Force in March 1965. This Starfighter was owned by the U.S.A. and was, after being
withdrawn from service with the Dutch in January 1982, transferred to Turkey as 6654.