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.
Henry Louis Collomb
Lou “enlisted in the US Naval Reserves while in High School and transferred to the US Air Force ROTC program while in college. He was accepted into the US Air Force Fighter Pilot Training Program and flew F100 Super Sabre jets during the Vietnam War. After active duty he served in the US Air Force Reserves and retired as Lieutenant Colonel with 42 years of military service.
Lou attributed his interest in flying to the time he was invited at the age of 12, to meetings of a local women’s flying club that was held in his home and was taken for a flight over Washington, DC.” (1)
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