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
Erick L. Slader
Preferred Name: Rick
Date of Birth: January 26, 1939
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
Headed West Date: September 5, 2020
Rick flew the F-100 with the 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron “Ramrods”, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam from 1967-1968, and also with the 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron.