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
Chester R. Wawrzynski
Chester R. Wawrzynski completed a full military career serving in the USAF, USN, and USCG. As a USAF fighter pilot, he flew F-84F and F-100 aircraft as a Nuclear Strike pilot and as flight leader. Serving with the USN he was an A-4 pilot in the Vietnam era.
As a USCG pilot, he was an Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Fight Examiner. The aircraft models he flew were the HC-130 Hercules (a 4-engine turbo-prop) and the HU-16 Albatross, a twin-engine amphibious seaplane. During this time MANY search and rescue missions were completed.
During his military career, he voluntarily developed numerous systems, some of which are still in use today. These include “WATCHDOG,” a technique to evade radar interceptors, and “VESTA,” a DEVICE to enhance maritime search training. He also developed a number of aerial delivery systems and aerial photographic equipment.
Upon retirement from the Military, he joined Geometrics Intl (a world-wide airborne geo-survey company). With them, his work included Africa, Australia, and South America. Later he became Chief Pilot of a cargo airline hauling hazardous material. As time passed he flew LEARJETS as a charter pilot. He was the chief pilot of a corporate firm and completed his civilian career as the chief pilot of an airborne Marine mammal survey for the Government.
He personally built an all-metal aircraft (N-3511) and served as its test pilot. He held an Airline Transport Pilot license #1372492.
In 1981 he ended his flight career due to medical difficulties.(1)
Source (1): Air&Space Museum