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.
Peter Burrell Biddle
After College, Pete Biddle headed to Pilot Training and upon completion asked for an F-100…but he was sent to Germany flying T-33 as Target (lots of bad weather and good all-weather flying)
During his Air Force career, Biddle was deployed to Vietnam twice, once from the Philippines.
After he left the Air Force, he joined the Air National Guard in Albuquerque, NM flying the F-100A. He left NM after they converted from F-100’s to the A-7D because the Air Defense mission was less Air to Air flying. Pete points out that a fully loaded F-100A weighed less than an F-100D without fuel! The “A’ was a rocket!!