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
Fred N. Larson
General Larson \ was always very involved in the community. For several years Fred had been a member of the Lexington Kiwanis and President from 19-1976. He was a member of the SSS and former President of Shadow Flight, previous board member and Chairman of Richland County United Way, member of the Order of Daedalians, member of the Am Vets Post 26, and the town of Lexington bestowed upon him by proclamation “Colonel Fred Larson Day”, July 11, 1995. During the Base Realignment and Closure Process, Fred was instrumental in saving a flying mission for the 179th Air Wing.