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
James A. Lange
James Lange grew up close to the shores of the Ohio River in New Albany, Indiana. After a brief stint at Indiana University, the Hoosier native enlisted in the United States Air Force. Early in his 20 year career he served as a co-pilot on a B-47 and defended the country during the Cold War. Jim later went to flight school to train as the pilot of the F-100 Super Sabre. He flew numerous missions over the jungles of Vietnam and was decorated with many medals, among them the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross for his skill and bravery as a pilot.
After retiring at Williams AFB, Jim, with his wife and two young sons settled in nearby Chandler, Arizona. At this time he continued his education at Arizona State University. Shortly after concluding his education, James launched a small tax preparation business.