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October 26, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
After combing through a long list of astronauts, fighter pilots, and space geeks, British billionaire Richard Branson named a new astronaut pilot to join his start-up space venture that aims to lift paying passengers into space. Branson's company Virgin Galactic announced Wednesday that former U.S. Air Force test pilot Keith Colmer will join chief pilot David Mackay to begin flight training and testing of the company's revolutionary aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. Colmer was selected from more than 500 applicants, which included about 10 current and former astronauts, Virgin Galactic Chief Executive George T. Whitesides said in a recent interview at the company's office in Pasadena.
October 28, 1994
Memorial services will be Sunday for Clarence Humphries, a 30-year resident of Dana Point who died Tuesday of complications from a recent stroke. He was 78. As a fighter pilot for the Air Force in World War II and the Korean War, Humphries flew more than 100 missions. After moving to Dana Point, he became a successful businessman and owned shopping centers in Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano, and in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
May 13, 2000 | Reuters
A U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with engine trouble dropped six bombs on a training range in South Korea, damaging about 160 homes nearby, local authorities said Friday. "Villagers are preparing requests for compensation together with compiling information on damages and injuries," said an official for Hwasong county, where the incident occurred Monday about 110 miles south of Seoul, the capital.
April 15, 1989
Francis H. (Butch) Griswold, a retired Air Force lieutenant general and one-time commandant of the National War College, died Tuesday of heart failure at a hospital in Laguna Hills. The former vice commander of the Strategic Air Command, who began his career in the Army Air Corps in 1928, was 84. Griswold was a fighter pilot during World War II and served over the years as commanding general of the 20th Air Force in Guam and the 3rd Air Force in England before becoming deputy SAC commander under Gen. Curtis LeMay in 1954.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
January 10, 1987 | Paul Dean
For weekend cooks, and that's what many of us are, there clearly are more cookbooks than Heinz has beans: regional cookbooks covering every taste and place from Gasparilla to Gaspe. Books to benefit the Philadelphia Orchestra. Books to benefit Julia Child. A Disneyland Cook Book that stops just short of Mickey's Mousse. Cooking with Paul Newman. Cooking without MSG. Kooking from your kayak. Cooking by mesquite in your microwave.
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