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
Donald W. Langston
Preferred Name: Don
Date of Birth: January 15, 1935
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
Hometown: Arkansas/Springfield, MO
Headed West Date: October 14, 2017
Donald Langston flew for 52 years for a total of 17,000 hours. After retiring from the USAF in 1975, he was a corporate pilot for for Hutchens Industries until he retired in 2009.