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.
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.
August 24, 1985 |
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.
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November 5, 1987 |
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.
October 26, 2011 |
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.
January 11, 1986 |
Few people here dealt long with Darrow (Duke) Tully without being reminded, subtly or otherwise, that at the essence of this self-assured, charismatic, powerful newspaper executive was the take-charge soul of a fighter pilot. The master bathroom of his home was filled with pictures, medals and plaques celebrating the Duke's experiences in Korea and Vietnam. He wore the dress uniform of an Air Force lieutenant colonel at military social functions.
July 7, 2004 |
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.
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December 16, 2000 |
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 4, 1996 |
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.