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.
Enlisted in the 122TFW in OCT 1959 as an AGE technician and participated in the Berlin Crisis at Chambly, France from October 1961 to July 1962. Saw my first F-100 there. Never dreamed that I would ever get to fly one. Was able to qualify, in 1965, for a direct commission (E5 to 01 as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer) to go to pilot training.
Attended UPT at Laredo AFB. Had some phenomenal instructors just back from Viet Nam. Was always stationed at FWA with the 122FW. Worked by day as a civilian and flew night, hence the nickname.
Held many staff jobs including, Chief of SE, Plans, Command Post, and Safety, in addition to being in the cockpit for 28 years.
Given the world situation, I was able to travel all over the world with the 122FW and on some special assignments with the Guard Bureau.
Ended up with 3700 hours of fighter time. Would not trade the experience for anything.