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.
Jerrald Duane Bucksath
Jerrald “Duane” Bucksath “was raised in the small farming town of Dalton, MO. He was a star basketball player in high school and received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was the president of his fraternity where he met his future wife Diane, the 1957 Homecoming Queen.
After college, he served his country as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for seven years and flew F-100 Super Sabres. After his military service, he became a pilot with United Airlines, eventually becoming a Captain while also flying F-100s in the Illinois and Iowa National Guards for two years. During his time with United Airlines, he had the honor of flying three U.S. Presidents during their presidential campaigns.”(1)