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.
Walter C. Cornelison, Jr
Walter “Skip” Cornelison was born and reared in Hawkins, Texas. He attended East Texas State College at the age of 16 for two years, transferring to and graduating from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Texas A & M University) with a BA in Mathematics and a Second Lieutenant commission (USAF) in 1955. Skip trained in the T-28, T-33, T-34, F-84, and F-100 aircraft. He flew combat in the F-100 in Vietnam from 1964 to 1965. Skip heroically served his country throughout the world. He was stationed in Germany, England, Italy, Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, Korea, Philippines, Libya, and Turkey. In 1976, he retired with over 3000 F-100 flight hours after 20 years of service at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas.
Skip flew the F-100 From October of 1957 to October of 1970.
In September of 1980 until August of 2001,Skip was the Dean of Business and a Professor of Accounting at Austin Community College.