30 November 1957 – Capt Benny Lacombe is killed when he unsuccessfully attempts to bail out of Lockheed U-2A, 56-6704, Article 371, 13 miles SE of Laughlin AFB. Ejection seats had not yet been fitted to U-2s at this point. The history of the U-2 program is fraught with fatalities and crashes. “CIA pilots Wilburn S.
Bart Edelen spent 21 years as an airline pilot with Eastern and Evergreen Airlines. He says his “Most vivid memories of my flying career are of flying the F-100, and of flying in and out of Kuwait with 50+ oil wells burning.”
He’s currently “semi-retired and hunting the Eastern wild turkey every chance I get; I would love to hunt for a Merriam’s turkey with a fellow Hun driver.”