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.
Robert L. Cass, Sr.
In Colonel Cass’s words “It was my distinct honor over the years, to serve side by side with the dedicated men and women of the United States Air force. These dedicated volunteers are today, as they have done for decades in the past, continuing to guard our freedoms; they are sworn to help preserve our way of life in these great United States of America and they do so with pride and professionalism.”