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November 11, 1997
John Dulin Jones, World War II fighter pilot and Los Angeles garment executive, has died. He was 74. Jones, who flew escort for the atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, died of pneumonia Sunday at Downey Community Hospital. After the war, Jones became vice president of operations for Independent Garment Supply in downtown Los Angeles. He was an amateur artist and woodcarver, became a 32nd degree Mason and was active in the Al Malaikah Shrine and Scottish Rite.
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.
May 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Some of the nation's top aviators are refusing to fly the radar-evading F-22 Raptor, a fighter jet with ongoing problems with the oxygen systems that have plagued the fleet for four years. At the risk of significant reprimand - or even discharge from the Air Force - fighter pilots are turning down the opportunity to climb into the cockpit of the F-22, the world's most expensive fighter jet. The Air Force did not reveal how many of its 200 F-22 pilots, who are stationed at seven military bases across the country, declined their assignment orders.
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.
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.
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."
November 10, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Some sports figures really are heroes. ? On Veterans Day, we salute them. ? Rocky Bleier won four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers and a Purple Heart in Vietnam, where he was shot. ? Gene Tunney's reign as heavyweight champion in the 1920s was sandwiched around tours of duty with the Marines during World War I and in the Navy during World War II. ? Before his enlistment in the Army and deployment in Iraq, Tim James was a first-round draft pick of the Miami Heat.
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.
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