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To: okie01; US Navy Vet; jazusamo

I hate to defend McLame because he’s been a traitor since the day he first took office as a Congressman and worked with Kerry to shut down investigations into POWs. But he actually was a hero that day on the Forrestal. After he escaped his plane he helped another pilot escape the flames IIRC. No easy thing with Jet A fuel blazing up everywhere.


32 posted on 03/24/2013 1:13:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: TigersEye

Bump.


37 posted on 03/24/2013 1:34:40 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: TigersEye

JOHN MCCAIN’S ROLE IN THE USS FORRESTAL FIRE THAT LEFT 168 DEAD

Date: Wednesday, 27-Feb-2008 23:01:46

“Now You Will Know The Rest Of The Story”

McCain crashed 5 jets, plus he was responsible for the horrible USS Forrestal fire In 1967.

Surviving crewmen and those who investigated the Forrestal fire case reported that McCain deliberately ‘wet-started’ his A-4E Skyhawk to shake up the guy in the F-4 Phantom behind his A-4.

‘Wet-starts’, done either deliberately (the starter motor switch allowed kerosene to pool in the engine and give a wet start) or accidentally, shoot a large flame from the tail of the aircraft. In McCain’s case, the ‘wet-start’ ‘cooked off’ and launched the M34 Zuni rocket from the rear F-4 that punctured the Skyhawk’s fuel tank, knocked the M-65 1000 lb. bomb off it’s 500 lb. rated mount, and touched off the explosions and massive fire.

The F-4 pilot was reportedly killed in the conflagration, along with 167 of his fellow Forrestal shipmates (including those who died later from wounds suffered).

‘Wet starting’ was a common practice among young ‘hot-dog’ pilots. McCain was quickly (they were still counting the Forrestal dead) transferred to the USS Oriskany (the only Forrestal crewman to be immediately transferred).

Description: XA4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137812 experiencing a wet start (note the pool of JP4 on the ground and the tongue of flame from the tailpipe).

John McCain And The USS Forrestal Fire
http://judicial-inc.biz/82jjohn_mccain_and_the_uss_forresta.htm


82 posted on 03/24/2013 9:52:57 PM PDT by Segovia
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