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.
Clifton A. Birchman
Preferred Name: Clifton
Date of Birth: July 2, 1932
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
Hometown: Warren, MI
Headed West Date: December 13, 2018
Clif Birchman, while a 1st LT, took Highest Overall Honors at the Air Weapons Meet while stationed in Itazuke, Japan. He was serving with the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron at that time.