U.S.S. Forrestal Fire July 29, 1967

U.S.S. Forrestal Fire July 29, 1967

At 10:52 A.M. on July 29, 1967 the second launch was being readied when a Zuni rocket accidentally fired from an F-4 Phantom parked on the starboard side of the flight deck aft of the island. The missile streaked across the deck into a 400 gallon belly fuel tank on a parked A-4D Skyhawk. The ruptured tank spew highly flammable JP-5 fuel onto the deck which ignited spreading flames over the flight deck under other fully loaded aircraft ready for launch. The ensuing fire caused ordnance to explode and other rockets to ignite. Spread by the wind, the flames engulfed the aft end of the stricken ship turning the flight deck into a blazing inferno.. Berthing spaces immediately below the flight deck became death traps for fifty men, while other crewmen were blown overboard by the explosion.

The fire was caused by a "huffer" , a vehicle with a gas turbine compressor built into it being parked with the exhaust of the compressor under the rocket motor.
The huffer is plugged into the jet engine of aircraft and provides the air flow to start the jet engine. Being a jet engine itself, it's exhaust is VERY hot.

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6 years 14 weeks ago, 2:40 PM

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Thanks for finding it.. Guess will never forget it, but wasn't sure it was old CVA 59.. I just saw a special on this, it was featured in one of the "seconds from disaster" series that discovery channel runs (either discovery or natgeo) They had a correction to the APU story, according to the documentry (and gosh they must be right) this was caused by pulling the pins before the bird was on the catapult. suposedly this led to a series of events that let a completed electrical circut to the missle occur.. You know how those documentrys are, hard to say, seemed like a creditable story, but you wonder if there was more involved as i had always heard the APU story. In any event there were a lot of heros that day, and they saved the ship.. As i understand it that could have gone either way had they not been able to move some of the birds out of the fire.

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6 years 14 weeks ago, 5:04 PM

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come off John Mccains plane,i think it did if i remember right

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6 years 14 weeks ago, 5:30 PM

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the MK24 flares went off aboard.
The 5" Zuni was Forrestal

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6 years 14 weeks ago, 5:34 PM

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nope

i looked it up,it was McCains plane

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6 years 14 weeks ago, 5:46 PM

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went to the "O" boat when Forrestal burned.

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