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.
James Carter Gibler
Preferred Name: Jim
Date of Birth: September 11, 1932
Highest Military Grade: 0-6 – Colonel
Hometown: Mattoon, IL
Headed West Date: December 26, 2021
Jim served in the U.S. Air Force enlisting on March 14, 1955, and retiring with the rank of Colonel on May 20, 1975. Jim continued his career and love of flying as a pilot for McDonnell Douglas. He moved to Lubbock in 2001.