Jerauld Richard "Jerry" Gentry, 67, a retired Air Force colonel and decorated Vietnam War veteran who spent much of his career as a fighter and test pilot, died March 3 at Inova Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.
In 1971, he went to Thailand and flew more than 200 missions in the F-4D Phantom fighter. Later, he was a leader in the Air Force's lightweight fighter program that led to the development of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He then served at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, where he was a "Red Flag" aerial combat training commander. He later took command of the first tactical fighter wing to receive the new F- 16 fighter.
Col. Gentry, a command pilot, had flown more than 40 types of aircraft, logging more than 4,700 flying hours.
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