In 200 escort missions to heavily defended targets, the Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber to an enemy fighter.
Rather than give up his explosives, the bomber detonated them, killing himself and the two robbers.
While the bomber was huge in the mid-'80s thanks to Top Gun, today's leather bombers are less rugged and more sophisticated.
The word spread and spread until a respected and reputable London newspaper reported that Australia had plans to send bomber aircraft to drop bombs on Jakarta.
I was in my neighbourhood in East Van, smoking a big fat bomber , and I had to go to the corner store.
The most ambitious experiment used a large bomber with fighters carried above and below each wing and one under the fuselage on a trapeze.
That's when a second bomber detonated his explosives.
The bomber detonated a truck full of explosives near the station.
It had the most advanced fighter and bomber aircraft and the best trained crews.
More worryingly, there was some evidence that one of the bombs was detonated by a suicide bomber .