Community of former F-104 "Starfighter"-flyers
of air force and marine
the flight-training program of the Bundeswehr with the weapon-system
F/TF-104 G in Luke AFB, Phoenix, Arizona, which was conducted
from 1964 to 1983, the governor of Arizona founded the "Arizona
Cactus Squadron" with the certificate:
"in honor of the young German men who will be appointed honorary
citizens of the state after the flight-training".
had been prompted by Tom Rhone whom LITTON had sent to take care
of the Germans and who also founded the "USAF / Luftwaffe
International Friendship Foundation" in 1976. Since then
the foundation has been supporting local charity organizations
and a student exchange program for which one student of a "flyer's
family" is chosen in Germany.
so called "Reunion" takes place every second year, simultaneously
to the International Aerospace Exhibition & Conferences (ILA)
in Berlin (since 1992). Meanwhile the community is called "Cactus
Starfighter Squadron" and wants to continue these activities.
In 1997 purpose and tasks were written down in the community's
by common duty and the obliged to the standards of the law of
the Federal Republic of Germany, the CSS is cherishing the tradition
of military air service with special emphasis of the epoque of