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.
Vincent J. Cattolica
My love for the F-100 – “You love a lot of things if you live around them, but there isn’t any woman and there isn’t any horse, not any before, nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane. And men who love them are faithful to them even though they leave them for others. A man has only one virginity to lose in fighters, and if it is a lovely plane he loses it to, there his heart will ever be.” – Hemingway
Vince retired in 1991 with 24 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and ANG. On July 1, 2010, he retired from a 22-year career as a CFP and Retirement Planning Consultant with A.G. Edwards & Sons, and Wells Fargo Advisors. He is now living in Pinetop, Arizona enjoying a life amongst the Ponderosa Pines with all the fishing he can get in. (source: http://mistyvietnam.com/the-men/where-are-they-today/)