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.
Tommy W. Gordon
Tommy W. Gordon severed in the USAF from Aug 1952- March 1974. He was a Retired Teammate of McDonnell Douglas with 13 years of service as of January 1991.
Prior to this “Headed West”, he was a member of the Gateway Senior Squadron, Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (since 1982) serving in the Rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was current in the Cessna 172 Aircraft with over 7100 total flight hours