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
Stanley C. Wood
Stan Wood graduated from Kansas State College on May 27, 1951, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Engineering and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve.
He was immediately called to active duty and, after completing pilot training, received his AF Pilot Wings in June 1952. He was ordered to Korea in 1952 after attending fighter gunnery school and flew combat in the F-84 Thunder jet until the cease-fire agreement in 1953.
Upon returning to the States he was an Instructor Pilot in the USAF Under-Graduate Pilot training program, an Intelligence Officer at Headquarters USAF, and an Instructor Pilot in Fighter Gunnery, including Conventional and Nuclear Weapons delivery. In 1968 he went to Vietnam flying in combat the F-100 Super Sabre. In 1989 he was placed on the USAF Retired List at the grade of Colonel with over 38 years of service, including 10 years of active duty.