DESTINATION UNKNOWN

WHAT MADE AN AIR FORCE PILOT BREAK FORMATION DURING A ROUTINE MISSION--AND SIMPLY DISAPPEAR?

By most accounts, Captain Craig Button, 32, was a straight arrow, an accomplished pilot right out of Top Gun who had been flying since he was 15--a young man from New York's Long Island who loved cars, motorcycles and skiing, and who was, as a former college classmate put it, "a follow-the-rules type of guy." He seemed to be the last person anyone would have expected to break formation while flying a routine training mission with two other planes, and an unlikely person simply to vanish into the wild blue yonder with an $8.8 million, bomb-laden A-10 Thunderbolt jet.

But that...

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