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.
Richard H. Clevenger
Brigadier General Richard H. Clevenger’s last assignment was as the Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Indiana National Guard.
He was the principal advisor to The Adjutant General on matters pertaining to the Indiana Air National Guard which consists of the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, 181st Intelligence Wing in Terre Haute, Atterbury Air-to-Ground Gunnery Range in Edinburgh, Jefferson Air-to-Ground Gunnery Range in Madison, and 207th Weather Flight in Indianapolis.
He was a designated Joint Task Force Commander for the State of Indiana.
General Clevenger was commissioned in 1971 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Denison University. Prior to his last assignment, he was the Chief of Staff, Indiana Air National Guard. His distinguished service with the 122nd Fighter Wing included assignment as Standardization Evaluation Officer, Assistant Director of Operations, Operations Group Commander and Wing Commander. His aviation career includes more than 5,500 hours of flying and instructing in the F-16C, F-4C, F-4E, C-26, C-131 and F-100.