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Mackay Trophy Winner Cooney Dies: Retired Air Force Col. James P. Cooney, 80, died May 3 in Niceville, Fla. During his 27 year career, Cooney flew as part of the YF-12 record-setting test flight that earned the 1965 Mackay Trophy for Cooney and four other Air Force officers. Cooney also flew 186 combat missions in the F-4 during the Vietnam War as a member of the then-555th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He received a Silver Star for shooting down a MiG-19 and went on to receive a total of six Distinguished Flying Crosses and 20 air medals. He retired from the Air Force in 1977.