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.
Denis C. Ficarra
Denis Ficarra flew the F-100 from 1976-1979 with the 122nd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the LAANG. He is currently a private pilot out of Alpine, CA. He has also been a Test Pilot for Gates Learjet, an A-7 and F-16 Instructor for 162nd FW out of Tucson, AZ.