Carmine Bassano graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics in August of 1958 with AAS in Aircraft Design Technology. He then joined the USAF on 8 December 8, 1958, attended Pilot Training Class 60F and was commissioned in USAFR in March of 1960. Carmine went to Luke AFB in Arizona for the F-100 transition and then to Nellis AFB, NM for advanced training. From there he was assigned to 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron as their new “brown bar”.
Carmine returned to England AFB, LA in August of 1964 and deployed to Takhli AB, Thailand from September to December 1964 and rotated into and out of Da Nang, VN on a regular basis.
He returned to England AFB and was released from active duty March of 1965 with the rank of Captain.
Capt. Bassano then began a career with Grumman Aerospace Corp. where he became a “Consulting Pilot” for the Lunar Module and worked closely with the Apollo Astronauts until the program ended with Apollo 17.
Afterward, he joined the F-14 Flight test Program as a Flight Test Engineer for the #3 A/C in the high-speed stability tests, traveled to Cornell University and Edwards FTC for some “side force controller” experiments and did stores separation analysis for A6 Intruder w/Cruise Missile.
Carmine was unfortunately caught up in the downturn of the A/C industry in the late 1970s and turned to the automotive industry as a service Manager and Salesman until retiring in 2011.