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
Jon A. Reynolds
Jon Reynolds was born and raised in Philadelphia. He was an engineering major at Trinity College, CT, and upon graduation obtained his Air Force commission via US Air Force ROTC.
Following pilot training in the T-34 and T-28, he was assigned to Luke and Nellis AFB’s flying the F-100C/F and then the 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Cannon AFB, NM. He participated in multiple Cold War deployments including the Cuban Missile Crisis in Oct 1962. In the spring of 1963 he was assigned as a forward air controller for the Vietnamese 22nd Infantry Division in Kontum, SVN(Flying the L-19A) directing airstrikes against Viet Cong forces. In the spring of 1964, he was assigned to the 334th F-105 Squadron at Seymour Johnson AFB. In the summer of 1965, he deployed first to Yokota AB, Japan, and then to Takhli AB Thailand flying strikes against North Vietnam. On November 28, 1965, he was shot down on a mission over NVN, captured, and spent more than seven years as a prisoner of war.
Upon his repatriation in 1973 he chose to remain in the military and taught military history at the US Air Force Academy after receiving his MA at Duke University in 1975. He was assigned to Air Force Plans in the Pentagon, completed his PhD at Duke in 1980, and served on the faculty of the National War College. In 1982 he joined the Defense Intelligence Agency and studied Mandarin Chinese. In 1984 he was assigned as air and defense attache at the US Embassy in Beijing where he was the senior US military representative in the People’s Republic of China and was promoted to Brigadier General.
Gen. Reynolds retired from active duty in 1990 and joined The Raytheon Company. His first project was the destruction of chemical weapons on Johnston Atoll. From 1993 to 2000, he and his wife Emilee again lived in Beijing where he was responsible for all of Raytheon’s sales and operations in China, Hong Kong, and Mongolia. Jon and Emilee have two grown children Elizabeth and Andrew.
To see artifacts from BGen Jon A. Reynolds’ career, now on display at the Air Mobility Command Museum. Click here: Brig. Gen. Jon A. Reynolds Archives – Air Mobility Command Museum (amcmuseum.org)