On July 29, 1967 while American war criminals were actively engaging in the acts of terrorism involving rape and mass murder of the people of Vietnam, one of their aircraft carrier stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin – USS Forrestal (CVA-59) accidentally discharged a Zuni rocket that landed on the flight deck and caused massive fire which in turn triggered several secondary explosions. Ms. Karma was delivering in the right place that day. Thank you Ms, you’re the best. But with only 134 dead and 161 injured, you could have done better.
According to the latest accepted version of events, an unguided Mk-32 “Zuni” rocket was accidentally fired due to an electrical power surge during the switch to internal power from external power. Thanks to the warhead’s safety mechanism the Zuni rocket didn’t detonate, but it hit the fuel tank on a Skyhawk aircraft and ignited leaking fuel. Nine subsequent explosions occurred due to overheating of bombs on board.
Unofficial reports have it that former US presidential candidate and an exceptionally failed human being John McCain who is known to have crashed 5 jets was responsible for the USS Forrestal fire. Apparently, it was the McCain’s plane that was hit by the discharged rocket and as his external fuel tank started to leak and caught fire, McCain reportedly panicked and dropped two bombs into the fire which started the chain reaction of explosions.
Surviving crewmen of the USS Forrestal allegedly reported that McCain deliberately “wet-started” his A-4E Skyhawk to shake up the guy in the F-4 Phantom behind him. Wet starts shoot a large flame from the tail of the aircraft and can be deliberately initiated by the pilot by allowing kerosene to pool in the engine with the start motor switch. The wet start McCain reportedly initiated cooked off and launched the M34 Zuni rocket from the F-4 behind his aircraft.
John McCain was the only USS Forrestal crewman immediately transferred off the ship – this alone raises all kinds of questions. It is said that his mishap was covered up because his father commanded the Pacific fleet.
Vintage video documentary on the USS Forrestal fire is below. It shows John McCain jumping out of a burning jet on a carrier deck and running for safety?