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.
Hugh E. Gommel
Hugh Gommel flew the F-100 from 1968-1969 with the 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam.
He is a principal at HG Hangar One, LLC. His bio on their website reads: “Being the oldest son of a WW2 B-29 pilot, Hugh discovered his own love of aviation in 1962 as a USAF Academy cadet. After graduation in 1966, he embarked on a fifty-four-year professional aviation career flying USAF fighters for 23 years, and later, Northwest Airlines big iron commercial jets for 17 years.
Hugh’s career began at Bien Hoa Air Base, VN, flying 222 combat missions in the F-100 and later flying and instructing worldwide in the F-4, F-104, F-5 and F-16 aircraft. He also had a four-year tour at the Pentagon as the Tactical Fighter Force Program Manager where he was directly involved in the procurement, growth, modernization and bed down of the worldwide fighter force.
In 2006, Hugh transitioned to general aviation providing private transportation and flight instruction focused on the family of Cirrus aircraft. In 2017, he and his wife, Sandra, moved to Colorado to live near seven of their nine grandchildren. Hugh hopes to expose and instruct all of them to the challenges and joys of aviation.
Once in the Denver area, Hugh discovered the high demand for private hangars and teamed with Craig Rathbun to form HG Hangar One. Having been directly involved in an eighty-private-hangar development in NV, he jumped at the opportunity to build hangars and meet more pilots at the Colorado Air And Space Port. Hugh and his two sons, Mike and Josh, fly a Cirrus SR22, and hope the oldest granddaughter, Dylan, will join them soon.
Hugh loves skiing, golf, fly fishing, bridge and cooking almost as much as family, flying and life’s blessings.” (1)
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