Liberalscum Buster

May 28, 2008


Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 5:48 pm

‘Wet starting’ was a common practice among young ‘hot-dog’ pilots


Posted By: RayelansMailbag
Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2008, 11:01 p.m. “Now You Will Know The
Rest Of The Story”

If This Doesn’t Make Your Blood Boil You Are Not A True American!!!

McCain crashed 5 jets, plus he was responsible for the horrible USS
Forrestal fire In 1967.

Surviving crewmen and those who investigated the Forrestal fire case
reported that McCain deliberately ‘wet-started’ his A-4E Skyhawk to
shake up the guy in the F-4 Phantom behind his A-4.

‘Wet-starts’, done either deliberately (the starter motor switch allowed
kerosene to pool in the engine and give a wet start) or accidentally,
shoot a large flame from the tail of the aircraft. In McCain’s case, the
‘wet-start’ ‘cooked off’ and launched the M34 Zuni rocket from the rear
F-4 that punctured the Skyhawk’s fuel tank, knocked the M-65 1000 lb.
bomb off it’s 500 lb. rated mount, and touched off the explosions and
massive fire.

The F-4 pilot was reportedly killed in the conflagration, along with 167
of his fellow Forrestal shipmates (including those who died later from
wounds suffered).

‘Wet starting’ was a common practice among young ‘hot-dog’ pilots.
McCain was quickly (they were still counting the Forrestal dead)
transferred to the USS Oriskany (the only Forrestal crewman to be
immediately transferred).

Description: XA4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137812 experiencing a wet start (note
the pool of JP4 on the ground and the tongue of flame from the tailpipe).



  1. Ouch.

    That sounds like a mess.

    Today I suppose the “bright side” if all that is fact, is at least he was there.

    The current CIC never made it off the monthly drill roster.

    Some of us, myself included, are only wannabees and hasbeens, others were the real deal but screw-ups.
    Still others only make believes.

    Comment by batguano101 — May 28, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

  2. This looks like part of a pattern. McCain lost 3 other planes apparently as a result of either incompetence or hotdogging.

    Pretty different from John Glenn who actually did perform very capably in World War Two and Korea and whose behavior was above reproach in every respect.

    Comment by gasdocpol — May 28, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

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