27 September 1968 – Kuldar “Koot” Visnapuu was serving with the 174th TFS Phu Cat “Bats” in Vietnam. Lt. Kuldar Visnapuu’s had just taken off from a base in South Vietnam when his Supersabre was hit by enemy fire. He turned the plane toward the South China Sea and ejected safely, watching as his jet
CARLOS MAURICE TALBOTT “Tote” Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.)
Folded his wings, at 95 years of age, on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Arlington, VA. Born In Charleston, IL, on January 28, 1920, he attended Eastern Illinois University from 1936 to 1939, graduated from West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1943, and received his Masters Degree at George Washington University in 1964.
He had a distinguished career in the US Air Force, proudly serving our country for 34 years earning the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Purple Heart. Lt. Gen. Talbott was a P-47 pilot in Europe during WWII where he flew 96 combat missions. He served two tours in Vietnam as Director of Air Operations.
In 1955 he won the Bendix Trophy transcontinental speed race flying an F-100.
He is survived by sons, Carlos, Thomas, and Richard, daughter, Vanessa and their spouses; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Tote was preceded in death by his wives, Louise and Jane and sister, Elaine Hughes.