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
Donnie Richard Duplissey
Donnie Duplissey, while a 1Lt was flying his F-100 on a refueling training mission over Manilla Bay, Philippines when it collided with another F-100 flown by Capt. Hernaldo Avila. Donnie was rescued by a fisherman, but Avila was KIA.
After serving 7 years as a fighter pilot, in 1969 he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and went on to enjoy the practice of corporate law for forty years.