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 Tippett Chapin
After Retiring from the USAF in 1983, Chuck worked as a Test Design Engineer for Veda Corp. Veratech, Ball Systems, at Nellis AFB, Nevada until 1988. From 1988-1989 he was a Flight Test Engineer at Computer Sciences Corp located at Edwards AFB, California, (1988 – 1989) and from 1989-2000 as the Flight Test Engineering/Operations Manager.