Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Out of the Blue

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Out of the Blue

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Did the threat of an estranged gay lover's public confession cause Air Force pilot Craig Button to commandeer an $8.8-million jet for a suicide mission? According to an unnamed military source in a report published May 2 by the Tucson [Ariz.] Citizen, Button's sexual orientation could explain his mysterious departure from formation during an April training mission and the subsequent discovery of his remains on the side of a Colorado mountain peak.

"The Air Force really believes that could be the answer," the Citizen quoted a military source close to the investigation. Furthermore, the source claimed, the pilot's ex-lover is himself an Air Force pilot at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, the same base where Button was stationed.

However, Button's half sister is vigorously denying rumors that Button was gay. "I'm sick of the fact that all of a sudden they're bringing up a gay thing, Susane Button told The [Torrance, Calif.] Daily Breeze. "He was not gay. I would know.... I knew his girlfriends." Saying they were close, she explained that while Button didn't have many serious romances, he was once involved in a particularly difficult breakup with a girlfriend. …

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