Hundreds of Forrestal’s 4800-man crew were scurrying about the 4.5-acre flight deck readying and positioning planes.
Suddenly, one of an F-4B Phantom’s armed Zuni rockets accidentally fired, its warhead piercing the 250-gal external fuel tank of a taxiing A-4 spilling its volatile content of jet fuel onto the flight deck. The sloshing liquid ran under several still parked aircraft and the feet of scores of running crewmen.
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