Tag: USS Forrestal

The sad story of the Forrestal Fire
As the F-4B's own electrical systems took over, causing a power surge, there was a tremor beneath the left wing and a single Zuni flashed across the Forrestal deck and severed an ordnance-man's arm… Fires on overcrowded aircraft carriers are every crew’s nightmare. Several of these accidents took place during the Vietnam War....
This U.S. Navy F-4 has been shot down by a U.S. Navy F-4 flown by a USAF exchange pilot
"At first I thought we had had a mid air, then I saw our airplane crashing into the water and I looked back and saw the missile smoke trail and quickly figured it out," Dave 'Fly' Svajda former U.S. Navy F-4 RIO Date: Aug. 17, 1978 Location: In the Med about 80 nm south of Marseille, France Squadron: VF-74, flying F-4s in...
C-130 aboard: how the Hercules became the biggest aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier
Although the testing set an unbreakable record for the largest and heaviest plane to land on a ship, the C-130 was considered too risky for routine COD operations USS Forrestal (CV-59) made history on Oct. 30, 1963 when LT James H. Flatley III and his crew members, LCDR "Smokey" Stovall and Aviation Machinist's Mate (Jet) 1st Class Ed Brennan, of...
The sad story of the Forrestal Fire
On Jul. 29, 1967, a rocket was accidentally fired aboard USS Forrestal, causing massive damage to the ship and a fire that killed 134 Sailors and injured many more On Jul. 29, 2017 the 50th anniversary of the tragedy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was commemorated at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall with a special ceremony. As reported in the...