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.
“Served eleven years USAF, active and reserve. After active duty; corporate pilot, then FAA, and finally managing broker commercial real estate company. Now retired. Owned Beechcraft Bonanza (mini Hun, albeit not quite as fast); parked it at my house in a residential airpark. Pretty neat being able to walk out the back door hop in the plane and take the family for the infamous $100 burger. Our daughter’s usual remarks in flight “are we there yet”. That’s about it!”