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
Dale B. Huffman
In 1961, Dale graduated as an aviation cadet and served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, flying F-100 and A-7 fighter planes. He served in Vietnam in 1966. In 1968, he graduated from Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB. During his military career, Dale reached the rank of Major. His awards and citations include Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Viet Nam Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Combat Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He was a long-time member of the Order of Daedalians and the Super Sabre Society.
Following his retirement from the USAF, after 22 years of distinguished service, Dale worked at Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning and Development District for about 15 years.
He was a long-time member of the Order of Daedalians and the Super Sabre Society.