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.
Robert J. Hires
Preferred Name: Bob
Nickname/Call Sign: Rootbeer
Date of Birth: April 19, 1932
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
Hometown: Whitehouse, OH
“I flew the F-100C/D/F aircraft continuously from August 1957 until January 1972 and then flew it again from august 1974 until retiring in April 1978. A total of 18 years of my military career flying the Hun.”