The F-104s were phased out of service early and replaced by the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter and the Panavia Tornado fighter-bomber in the mid 1970s. The Phantoms arrived in 1974, while the Tornados arrived in 1979. These aircraft greatly enhanced the capabilities of the Luftwaffe with the Phantoms serving as the primary interceptor in it's inventory and the Tornado as a strike and interdiction aircraft. Variants of both aircraft also were used in the reconnaissance role.
Also of wear depending on the type of duty or occasion is the overseas hat, which is commonly worn by Air Force enlisted personnel on non formal assignment. Like the visor cap it is blue with yellow lining and maintains the German national roundel although the Luftwaffe wings and wreath insignia is absent.
The right side of the uniform displays the embroidered Tätigkeitsabzeichen (Specialty Badge) common of enlisted personnel of a member of the Luftwaffe Stabsdienst (Administrative Service) displaying the Luftwaffe's wings insignia. On the right breast pocket is the insignia of the Einzelkämpferabzeichen (Lone Fighter's Badge) of the Bundeswehr's Einzelkämpferlehrgang (Lone Fighter's Course) which is the German Commando Course. The patch shown here shows two oak leaves with light green background signifying the completion of both the Basic and Advanced Courses.
Below that is a foreign award, the United States Army Expert Marksmanship badge with both 'Rifle' and 'Pistol' clasps signifying the wearer's proficiency on both rifles and pistols. Foreign awards are usually awarded while on assignment or attachment to a foreign unit.
On the breast pocket is the Das Abzeichen für Leistungen im Truppendienst in Gold (Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold).