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.
George J. Forster
Colonel George John Forster (USAF, Ret.) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 3, 1936. He married the former Helene G. Vento of Greendale, Wisconsin on November 22, 1958. They had four children and seven grandchildren.
George joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 1956 after graduating from the Air Force Pilot Training Program, entered active duty in 1962 as a fighter pilot, and retired in October of 1988.
During his career, George flew many frontline fighter aircraft and served overseas in Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain. He worked in various staff positions, including the Pentagon, and commanded a fighter wing.
Upon retiring from the USAF, George and Helene moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the next thirteen years, he worked part-time for the ski industry. He enjoyed skiing, baseball, hunting, fishing, and golf. His faith and family meant everything to him.