21 September 1956 – Grumman company test pilot Tom Attridge shoots himself down in a Grumman F-11F Tiger, BuNo 138260, during a Mach 1.0 20 degree dive from 22,000 feet. Tom fires two bursts from the fighter’s 20mm cannon during the descent, and as he reaches 7,000 feet (2,100 m) the jet is struck multiple
John P. Russell
After retirement in 1980, we moved to Abilene, TX and became involved in oil field activities and real estate development. I served as chapter president of The Retired Officers Association; chapter and state president of Texas Air Force Association; and, held leadership positions in local civic activities to include the United Methodist Church.
In 1996, we moved back to Mill Creek, WV.
Through the years, I joined with other volunteers in the construction of a regional library and a medical clinic.
I have also been involved in property improvements of the Mill Creek Presbyterian Church.
Beginning in 2002, Elaine and I spend the months of November to April in central Florida, away from West Virginia’s snowy winters.