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
Charles Andrew Watry
Charles “Chuck” Watry served in the Army Air Corps/USAF from 1944 to 1974. He was actively flying during his entire 30-year career and retired as a Colonel. He flew F-100’s for three years with the 79th Fighter-Bomber Squadron in the UK from 1957-1960.
His military life started when he entered the US Army Air Corps in 1943, and he went on to a long career as a combat pilot, retiring in 1974. In his career, he flew transports in Europe in World War II, attack bombers in the Korean War, and then transitioned to two decades flying fighter jets, with several tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He served several years at the Pentagon, and also at Tactical Air Command Headquarters at Langley AFB, Virginia.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, Charles embarked on the second career he had always wanted journalism and writing. He founded and published the Pacific Flyer, a monthly general aviation newspaper in Southern California. He also began writing a series of self-published histories of his times in the Air Force and created several novels and screenplays. He helped other World War II veterans write and publish their personal stories, and contributed to numerous scholarly histories of flying during the war.
He was an active member of the Old Bold Pilots and the Daedalians and enjoyed socializing with these other pilots. He was a lifelong “doer” who sought out new experiences, especially in flying and competitive events such as sports car and sailboat racing, and he was active in local yacht clubs throughout his life.