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.
John J. Cottingham
Preferred Name: John
Nickname/Call Sign: Cott
Date of Birth: June 14, 1929
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
John Cottingham flew the F-100 from 1959-1962 with the 174th Fighter-Bomber Group, of the IAANG.