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
Gary F. Kosak
“Captain Gary Kosak, a professional pilot for more than 38 years, has spent more than twenty thousand hours flying supersonic fighters, business jets, and airliners including the jumbo Boeing 747. He has visited some sixty countries of the world.
Capt Kosak was a flight instructor and examiner with Airbus Americas, teaching airline pilots from all over the world utilizing state-of-the-art flight simulators. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the the University of Connecticut and has been awarded a master’s degree in biblical studies from the Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
Captain Kosak became a born-again Christian in 1978. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel, has been a community representative with the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, and has invested much of his time in becoming intimately acquainted with Israel, its biblical history, and the Jewish people. He is also a licensed minister with the International Ministerial Fellowship, headquartered in Minnesota.
In addition, he is a dinner and conference speaker. He and his wife, Hellen, live in Florida.”