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.
Jerry A. Hallman
Jerry Hallman was born on May 2, 1939, in Fort Valley, Georgia. He was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Air Force through the Air Force ROTC program at Auburn University on March 16, 1963, and went on active duty beginning April 21, 1963. Lt Hallman next completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and was awarded his pilot wings at Moody AFB, Georgia, in May 1964, followed by service as a flight instructor with the 3617th Pilot Training Squadron and as an academic instructor with the 3615th Student Squadron at Craig AFB, Alabama, from May 1964 to April 1968.
After completing F-100 Super Sabre Combat Crew Training, Capt Hallman served as an F-100 pilot with the 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, from December 1968 to September 1969, and during this time he flew as a Misty Fast FAC F-100F pilot from May to September 1969. His next assignment was as a Flight Test Officer for the Defense Contract Administration Services Office of the Defense Supply Agency at Wichita Municipal Airport, Kansas, from November 1969 to February 1973, followed by service as an O-2 Milirole Forward Air Controller with the 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron and as an Air Liaison Officer with the 25th Infantry Division at Wheeler AFB, Hawaii, from February 1973 to June 1976. Maj Hallman attended Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from June 1976 to June 1977, and then served as an A-7 Corsair II pilot and as an Operations Officer with the 314th Air Division at Osan AB, South Korea, from July 1977 to July 1978.
His next assignment was as an A-7 pilot with the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing at England AFB, Louisiana, from July 1978 to October 1981, followed by service as an A-7 pilot and as an Air Force Advisor to the Virginia Air National Guard with the 192nd Tactical Fighter Group at Richmond, Virginia, from October 1981 to March 1984. From March to June 1984, Col Hallman served as Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Alpha and Commander Air Force Forces Honduras. He next served as an A-7 and F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, as Director of Inspection in the Office of the Inspector General, and as Director of Reserve Force Readiness with Headquarters 9th Air Force at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, from July 1984 until his retirement from the Air Force on June 1, 1987.
After leaving the Air Force, Jerry flew with American Airlines as a Boeing 727 pilot before working as a Real Estate Broker until his retirement in 1999. Jerry Hallman was Misty 118.
“After enjoying every second of the Air Force, I did not enjoy the Airlines. Moved to Nebraska and was a Real Estate Broker with over 80 Agents until I retired to Hilton Head Island, SC in 1999.” – Jerry Hallman
Source: Veteran Tributes