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.
Charles B. Gulley
‘I retired from the Air Force in 1979 and decided to remain in Montgomery. Worked as a Stock Broker with Smith Barney until 1994, when I was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church.
I am semi-retired from the Diaconate now, but in August 2009 I became Flight Captain for Founders Flight #1, order of the Daedalians, and enjoy being around a great group of fellow military pilots. My wife, Joni, and I keep busy with 13 grandchildren, from Virginia, Chattanooga, and here in Montgomery.
My last flight was to ferry an F-4E from Udorn to Korea. The Vietnam war was about over. I still think that flying the F-100 is the greatest job that a person could have in the Air Force!”