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
Richard A. Rung
In 1953 Richard Rung was attending law school and dating his future spouse, “Lonnie” of Burlington VT. In the summer of that year, a report of Aircraft accidents listed former F-100 Pilot Richard A. Rung as having scraped his left wingtip on the runway when he cobbed the throttle on his P-51D while “On the Go” from a low approach. He went on to pass the New York State Bar exam and to fly the F-86 and F-100.
Colonel Richard Rung’s military career consisted of 29 years as a USAF Fighter Pilot, Flight Commander, Flight Safety Evaluator, Professor of Aerospace Studies, Commandant of JROTC (Pompano Beach HS) with tours of duty with the Vermont ANG to Louisiana, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, New York, California, Illinois, and Florida. Col. Rung flew the P-51 Mustang, F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, F-111, and T-33 T-bird aircraft while achieving his Command Pilot Wings.