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 1, 2012 |
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 |
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.
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.
June 17, 1994 |
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.
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July 9, 2004 |
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.