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  •  The story I heard was that (2+ / 0-)
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    while sitting in line, warming up his engine, He wound up and backed off the throttles to fart at the plane behind him (the oversupplied fuel sends out a flare of fire behind) and that turned loose the rocket on his buddy's jet behind him. That it was that rocket that started the whole mess.
    May have been a fable, but that's the way it was told to me.
    Horseplay got a hundred people killed and almost sank an aircraft carrier.
    And he was transferred and whisked off the boat before the fire was even put out.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:27:07 AM PST

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    •  He was a shitty pilot and is a very shitty person. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't go with putting the Forrestal thing on him.  He's already enough of a hypocritical soulless wife-dumping sellout hack without adding possible fables to it.

      My .02

      The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

      by JVolvo on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 01:28:21 PM PST

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    •  Except that this is insane bullshit. (0+ / 0-)

      Tales like this are nasty, stupid bullshit. We know exactly what happened.

      The F-4 that had the Zuni fire off was on the starboard side of the tail of the Forrestal. All jet engines faced outward, not inward. A safety pin had been removed from the rocket launcher system to speed up launch rate for these aircraft -- the fatal error.

      The one Zuni fired when power was transferred from ship-power to onboard-F4-power. The Zuni hit a fuel tank on an A4 piloted by an officer named White and dislodged a 1,000# bomb that dropped into the resulting fuel fire.

      McCain was sitting right next to White's A4, the one that got hit. He scrambled out immediately and managed to start running in the minute-and-a-half before the explosions started. White had gotten out a little slower and was running behind McCain but White was hit with shrapnel and killed instantly.

      McCain's very quick response was exactly what he should have done. Also, as a pilot he was not on any of the shipboard fire control teams. Complaints that he didn't engage in the fire control work are also bogus.

      Please, save the rancid bullshit for occasions where the U.S. Navy lost fewer than 134 dead and dozens maimed.

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:48:09 AM PST

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