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.
Joseph G. Broker
Joe Broker – Excerpted from an interview with AOPA after flying Dean Cuttshall’s F-100 at Ft. Wayne…
“It’s always been my favorite airplane. I guess it was my first fighter. It’s not an easy airplane to fly. You have to work at it to fly it well. I guess a lot of pilots have a love affair with their first jet aircraft. For me, it was always “the one”. It was an early 2nd generation of fighter aircraft it had a lot of bad habits. If you were trained well, and you respected it, you could fly it. It could bite you. It could kill you.
I came right out of pilot training, into the F-100, younger than most of the people, plus the Guard had the airplane after the active duty, well into the 1970s. So, the Guard guys will be younger.
I still fly with the Commemorative Air Force, I fly B-24, B-29, B-25 as the main airplanes and then some of the little ones, PT-19.”