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.
Thomas Scott Brandon
Preferred Name: Tom
Date of Birth: June 24, 1944
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Tom Brandon won the “Top Gun” award during RTU at Luke AFB, in 1968. He then went on to fly the F-100 with the 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron/3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam from June 1968 to May 1969.