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.
Johnny H. Edmundson
Johnny grew up dreaming of serving his country as a fighter pilot. After joining the United States Air Force, he achieved that goal.
During his service in Vietnam flying the F-100 Super Sabre, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in the face of danger while protecting the United States and Allied soldiers.
He also served as an instructor pilot, and throughout his career, his valor and skill were recognized with numerous decorations. Some of the countries where he and the family were posted included Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.