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
William W. Rossiter
“My F100 time was short but incredible. Best group of people ever, unmatched flying.”
Bill Rossiter has been exceptionally lucky. Commissioned in the USAF in 1961 on graduation day at Cornell, bouncing through T37 and T33 training just as the AF finally released F100 opportunities, and picking the 48th TFW at RAF Lakenheath after training at Luke, he found himself in the 492nd TFS and greatest group of people he’s ever known. By 1966 he was required to rotate, the airlines were hungry and he was newly married, so he began a 34year career with United. Airline flying got better after starting on DC-6s, including 23 years on the 727 and a final approach to a 1999 retirement flying 767’s to London in the summer and Rio or Buenos Aires in the winter. Since 1977 Bill has worked for the conservation-science of whales and their kin, serving as a volunteer on boards of non-profit organizations (e.g. Center for Coastal Studies, Cetacean Society International and NY4WHALES), including managing a CSI grant program that between 1982 and 2018 had distributed nearly $800,000 to over 400 US, EU and Latin American scientists.”
Bill currently lives in Redding, CT and is an Independent Environmental Services Professional with NY4WHALES.