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
Peter W. McCue III
Pete was a graduate of St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL. He served his country as an Air Force Fighter Pilot with the 4517th CCTS at Luke AFB, AZ, where he flew the F-100.
Pete had formerly worked as a deputy for the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department. He then became a commercial airline pilot for Ozark Airline and later retired from TWA. After retirement, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He was a devout Catholic and a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Pete was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus with Bishop Griffin Assembly. He spent his spare time watching old western movies and sports, fishing, playing on the computer, and cheering on Notre Dame.