Dennis Cork, son of 1st Lt. John Cork, speaks with Col. Garret Bilbo, 92nd Air Refueling Wing deputy commander, after a commemoration ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Sept. 8, 2023. The 92nd ARW leadership team hosted Cork, Greg Staples and retired Col. Jerry Molstad to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the B-52 Stratofortress collision involving Outcome 54 and Outcome 55 that claimed the lives of 13 Strategic Air Command Airmen. Among those lost was 1st Lt. John Cork, whose son Dennis was a year old at the time of the collision. Greg Staples also attended the ceremony. He is the son of son of Maj. Donald Staples, who lost his life on board Outcome 54. Greg was nine years old at the time of the collision. On Sept. 8, 1958, 13 crewmembers on board Outcome 54 and Outcome 55 made the ultimate sacrifice while defending freedom during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The two B-52s collided in the Fairchild AFB traffic pattern two miles from the runway. Only three Airmen survived the incident.
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