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ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2011
'Back to Bataan' Wayne stars as a U.S. Army colonel in this stirring 1945 film about the aftermath of the Battle of Bataan on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. 'Flying Tigers' Released in 1942, Wayne's first war film finds the Duke playing a fighter pilot for the legendary unit that protected China against Japanese attack. 'The Sands of Iwo Jima' Wayne earned his first lead actor Oscar nomination for his memorable turn as a tough Marine sergeant whipping recruits into shape in this 1949 gem directed by Allan Dwan.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1985 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood has had its share of fliers who act for a living, from Wallace Beery to John Travolta. A few flew in combat, notably the late Wayne Morris, a Navy fighter ace in World War II, and Jimmy Stewart, a B-24 bomber pilot. But Dean Paul Martin is the only known actor-pilot now on the roster who can go supersonic. Indeed, he talks almost casually of doing nearly 1,200 miles an hour a few years ago during mock aerial combat near Homestead Air Force Base in Florida.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1987 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge said Wednesday that he will issue a written opinion today on whether he will hear a lawsuit brought by a grounded Navy pilot who wants out of the service or whether the pilot should first exhaust all of his military appeals. Lt. Cmdr. Douglas B. Duke, a 15-year Navy veteran who graduated at the top of his Naval Academy class, is asking U.S. District Judge Earl B. Gilliam to grant him an immediate honorable discharge.
NEWS
March 29, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Capt. Ken Dwelle heard that the pilot of a U.S. F-117A from this base had been rescued in Yugoslavia on Saturday night, the relieved Stealth fighter pilot instructor turned off the TV, satisfied. But Sunday, after seeing pictures of the downed craft, Dwelle sprang back into action. Clearly printed on the plane's surface was Dwelle's name, and he began calling family members to assure them he was safe at home.
NATIONAL
July 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
A U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four, was found guilty Tuesday of dereliction of duty and was reprimanded and docked a month's pay, about $5,700. Maj. Harry Schmidt, 38, "acted shamefully" during the episode, "exhibiting arrogance and a lack of flight discipline," Air Force Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson wrote in the reprimand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2000 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Edward Forrest Ingram, who posed as an airline pilot to charm women and steal luggage at Los Angeles International Airport, pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of grand theft and was sentenced to four years in prison. Ingram had been convicted twice before, in 1993 and 1996, for theft at LAX. Both times, he posed as a pilot. "He knows the drill," Deputy Dist. Atty. Don Tamura said. "He's spent more time in custody over the last 15 years than out."
NEWS
November 4, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
A U.S. F-16 fighter pilot wrongly thought that he was being targeted by radar when he fired a missile at an Iraqi installation Saturday in the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq, the Pentagon said Sunday. "Further analysis . . . has not substantiated initial indications of Iraqi radar activity," the Defense Department said in a statement. The statement said instruments aboard the F-16 caused the pilot to believe incorrectly that he had been illuminated by Iraqi radar.
NEWS
June 17, 1994 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton Administration faces a controversial decision over whether to discipline the pilots of the Air Force F-15C jet fighters that shot down a pair of U.S. Blackhawk helicopters over Iraq two months ago, sources familiar with the case said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2004 | Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writer
The pilot killed in the crash of a home-built plane in Seal Beach was officially identified Thursday as Ross Kay Anderson of Rancho Palos Verdes. The 62-year-old retired Navy fighter pilot was making his daily commute from Torrance to Chino on Wednesday morning when his Harmon Rocket II nose-dived between two homes. The Orange County coroner's office identified the body through a partial fingerprint match, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
Four retired female military pilots who flew missions during World War II will share their aviation experiences during a Sept. 10 dinner meeting of the Ventura County Professional Women's Network. Vi Cowden flew a variety of planes for the Air Transport Command. Bea St. Clair Thurston was a fighter pilot who towed targets for fighter drills using live ammunition. Margaret Weiss was an engineering test pilot, and Betty Jane Williams was an instructor.
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