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 A. Coughlin
Joe attended Memphis State University and graduated from University of Nebraska. In 1959 he enlisted in the US Air Force Cadet Program. He served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War earning The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Medal. He flew 100 missions over Vietnam and 30 missions over Laos. He flew USAF F-100 Super Sabre and F-104s while in active service.
Upon being discharged Joe was hired by Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia in 1967 from which he retired as Captain in 1997. In 1968 he transferred his commission to the US Naval Reserves at The Naval Air Station in Marietta, Georgia. Here he flew A-4 Skyhawks, A-7 Corsair IIs and A-6As before retiring in 1975 as a US Naval Reserve Captain.