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
John F. Peebles
John was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Class of 1960, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. He later became Deputy Commander – Operations for the Toledo, Ohio, Air National Guard (112th TFS) for many years, where he retired from the military with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
After serving in the USAF, John became a pilot for TWA. Following his distinguished flying career, he became a very successful sales leader and was ultimately promoted to President of Universal Instruments Corporation. He ended his career as VP of International Sales for Cincinnati Milacron where he traveled all over the world.
Photos of John from Latest Class News (usafaclasses.org) and photos of him visiting the 20th Fighter Wing Assoc. from 20th Fighter Wing Association visits Shaw > Shaw Air Force Base > Article Display (af.mil)