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Klaus Kropf can look back on almost ten years of Starfighter flying service with 1,900 hours on the aircraft. After basic flight training in Texas, he underwent Starfighter training at Luke AFB, Arizona, from June 1971 to February 1972. This was followed by Europeanisation at Jever and several years as an F-104G fighter-bomber pilot with JaboG 31 ‘B’ at Nörvenich. At the end of 1980 he moved to the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment at RAF Cottesmore, UK, where he was stationed for three years as a Tornado instructor pilot. Though his flying activities with the Starfighter ended many years ago, his bond with this aircraft remains strong to this day. His first book, Deutsche Starfighter, published in 1994, and he has continued to publish on aviation subjects to this day.