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.
John R. Hartmann
John Robert Hartmann was born and raised in Detroit, MI, and Mountain Lakes, NJ. He attended a Rutgers University graduating with a degree in geology.
The earth sciences gave way to a love of the sky above and he became a fighter pilot with the US Air Force. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, Jack left the service. He became a flight engineer with TWA and survived the myriad of layoffs becoming one of the airline’s top captains. He flew with the Air National Guard in Tucson until his retirement.
1968-1999 TWA pilot – Furloughed 3 times (hired full time at Tucson ANG – thanks BVD!)
1988 A-7 LANA flying around at night at 200’-500’ with my hair on fire using FLIR – whew!
1989-1990 A-7 FWS IP Rich Rose CC
While AZ ANG HQ puke created JACKAL MOA (see southern AZ) – Airspace is power!!!
All my takeoffs equal all my landings……………
BTW Cass, I don’t tint my hair