August 11, 1931 - December 28, 2015
Roadrunners Internationale is saddened to inform its members and the aviation community on this News Year eve of the final flight of Col. Victor L. Milam, USAF ret. Colonel Milam, 84, passed away December 28, 2015. He was born August 11, 1931 in Arkansas City, Kansas. Vic is survived by his son: Gary Milam and wife: Jodi of Colorado Springs. CO. and grandchildren: Jessica, Austin and Andrew. He always wanted to fly. He obtained a private pilot license while in High school. He graduated from Cowley County Community College in 1951. Vic enlisted in the Air Force at 19, and then completed airborne radio operator school. During this time he applied and was accepted for Aviation Cadets. He trained in the T-6 and graduated with class 53-B.He was assigned and flew F-84s until 1957 then he volunteered for the RB57 and was assigned to Laughlin AFB. Vic married Louene Bochat a Del Rio native his wife of 53 years. In 1963 he got checked out in the U-2 program and flew it for the next 10 years. He flew some of the early Cuban over flights. Vic is a Life member in Dandelions and has flown the T-6, T-33, F-84 RB57D, 0-2, U-3 and the U-2A, C, D, F, G, R with a total time of 5213 hours with 186 combat hours. Vic was stationed in Japan, Davis Monthan, Edwards, Laughlin, Taiwan and Andrews AFB. Vic flew missions out of Bien HOA Vietnam flying over North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He also did sampling missions off Alaska. While in Eniwetok he participated in the nuclear testing projects observing and flying through the cloud above 60,000 ft. His final U-2 assignment was as Operations officer of the U-2 CIA unit for three years in Taiwan. In 1968, Major Victor Milham survived a inflight breakup of his U-2C at 42,000 feet over Arizona, narrowly avoiding collision with wreckage from his disintegrating plane. In November 1969, he was the operations officer for the Detachment G operating out of North Base at Edwards AFB, where he engaged in Project BLUE GULLY V, working with Bill Park conducting the first U-2R carrier landings on the USS America off the East Coast. Vic retired from the Air Force in the Grade of Colonel in 1975 and has made Del Rio his home ever since.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 5-9:00P.M, at G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside service will be on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Westlawn Cemetery at 2:00P.M. Military honors will be presented. Funeral arrangements with G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, of Del Rio LTD, 114 Fletcher Drive, Del Rio, Texas. 78840 Ph: 830.775.2000