September 4, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Forrestal Fire on Flight Deck

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Until last night, I didn’t realize that John McCain was in a jet on the deck of the USS Forrestal when this fire occurred:

For a description of the men who fought to save the ship, see:

http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/ships/carriers/histories/cv59-forrestal/forrestal-fire.html

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After that, John McCain volunteered to transfer to another carrier that was short of pilots. It was while he was flying after volunteering to stay fighting in Vietnam, that he was shot down and became a POW.

The rest of his story (the hardship of his time as a POW), I knew about. But this link to a famous accident was news to me.

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