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Sunday, February 12, 2012

USS FORRESTAL (CV-59).“LOOK OUT!! SHE'S GONNA EXPLODE!”

Two months before being shot down over Hanoi, Naval airman John McCain III narrowly escaped a fiery death in a tragic shipboard accident that claimed 134 lives aboard the super-carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59)

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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