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
Ralph C. Mayton, Jr.
After 20 years, 8 months and 8 days, Jim Mayton retired from the USAF. He then worked as a Carpenter’s Helper while building his own house. He was also a Lab Technician, State Highway Inspector, Aircraft Flight Scheduler/Dispatcher, USA Quartermaster Center Fort Lee VA, Aircraft Flight Safety Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer until his unit closed in 1988, whereby he moved to Safety Office on Main Post.
Jim was responsible for Range and Radiation safety., he wrote the Hazard Communication Program and was responsible for Safety for the Army Reserve Centers in Southwest Virginia.