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
Stormin’ Norman Neal flew the F-100 with the 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, out of Clark AB, in the Phillippines, and with the 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Cannon AFB in New Mexico.
After serving in the USAF, Norman went into insurance sales for a variety of companies in the Twin Cities.