Jonathan Hayes was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC upon graduation from Tufts University in 1964. After pilot and operational training in the United States, Jonathan Hayes was assigned as an F-4 Phantom II aircraft commander to the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing--the famed "Wolfpack"--at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand. Hayes flew 100 combat missions during Rolling Thunder operations over North Vietnam. Jonathan Hayes flew additional combat tours with the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, and the 434th Tactical Fighter Squadron during Linebacker I operations at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand.
Other assignments for Jonathan Hayes included duty as an F-4 Phantom instructor pilot with the 434th and operational assignments in Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Italy, as well as air liaison officer with the Vietnamese and Korean armies. Hayes has a total of 2,200 flying hours and 356 combat missions in the F-4 (Phantom).
Jonathan Hayes decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters and "V" device and the Air Medal with twenty-one oak leaf clusters. Hayes is a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. Jonathan Hayes currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his wife, Susan.
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