Pilot Carl Richard Talafous

Pilot Carl Richard Talafous

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, July 14, 1993

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Carl Richard Talafous

Pilot Rick Talafous was killed in a helicopter crash along with two other U.S. Customs Service agents and a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent.

The Sikorsky UH-60A they were in struck high-tension power lines 82 feet above the Altamaha River near Hortense, Georgia, as the agents searched for clandestine airstrips and marijuana grow operations.

Pilot Talafous was a United States Air Force veteran. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Georgia


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Rick (Stick) was the consummate professional fighter pilot/attack helicopter pilot/U.S. Customs Special Agent. I had the honor and privilege to work with Rick for many years. I will miss you greatly and will always remember you. You were an astute prognosticator! Alpha Mike Foxtrot!!

SSA, Rick Orluk
U.S. Customs-Investigations

March 5, 2023

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