28 February 1941 – The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was an American turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft. Originating as a 1944 United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) proposal for a “day fighter”, the F-84 first flew in 1946. Although it entered service in 1947, the Thunderjet was plagued by so many structural and engine problems that a 1948
Joseph Grice Cabuk, Jr.
Joe Cabuk “was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School then attended Northeast Louisiana University until he received a congressional Appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, graduating in 1963. He did his pilot training at Craig Air Force Base in Alabama. He attended gunnery school at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. He was then stationed at RAF Lakenheath Air Base in England. In 1966 he married Marsha Wilson Cabuk. In 1969 he served in Vietnam at Bien Hoa Air Base.
He then was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, for flight training in the F-111. Afterwards, he became the Commander of the 390th Tactical Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force base in Idaho. In 1976 he graduated from the Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was promoted to Colonel in 1981 and was on the Tactical Air Command staff at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. In 1983 he was a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington D.C. In 1984 he served as Vice Wing Commander of the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing at RAF Upper Heyford Air Base in England. From 1985-1987 he was the Wing Commander of the 513th Tactical Airlift Wing at RAF Mildenhall Air Base, England. In 1987 he served as Assistant Director of Operations for NATO in Naples Italy until his retirement in 1989.
From 1989-1995 he was a pilot at Fleeman Aviation in Monroe, LA. From 1995-2000 he was President and General Manager of Legacy Aviation. From 2000 until the present he was the Chief Pilot and FAA Company Check Airman at Monroe Air Center.”(1)