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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.
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.
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.
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.
June 10, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writers
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates took action Monday to dramatically reorient the leadership of the Air Force, calling for the nomination of the first non-fighter or bomber pilot to lead the service since its inception after World War II. His recommendation that Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, who began his military career as a cargo pilot, be nominated by President Bush as Air Force chief of staff marks a significant shift in Air Force leadership....
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 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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