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Aircraft Carriers, Pictures of the Fire on the
USS Forrestal in 1967. 

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Some great photos from Brad Jones.
Aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, Tonkin Gulf, Yankee station off of Vietnam.

USS Forrestal CVA-59.

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Here's some photos of the fire on the USS Forrestal in 1967, The Aircraft Carrier took a lot of damage

Photo from Brad Jones
 stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk & the USS Forrestal.

the start of the viet nam war ordered by president johnson

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Click Here's some photos of the fire on the USS Kitty Hawk in 1968

As poor as these photos are, they are rare! No one else was allowed
to get within photographic distance of us!

Remember we had 5-inch gun turrets before the fire? They're gone.
Melted down.

Anyway, we must have been just as much a sight to Tidesurge as
they were to us. We had both endured hardships above and beyond.


The Forrestal one was on 29 July 1967 (35 years this July) and 134 were killed. That's the one that's still a Navy Training Film today and, judging by the dates of you photos, you probably had to routinely attend what we refer to as "our movie." After that, we in RVAH-11 had gone aboard Kitty Hawk in San Diego. Then, Carrier Quals, etc. and on our way to Pearl, Yokosuka, and Subic Bay before heading for Yankee Station. While in Subic Bay, there was a big fire that started in the evening. It was in an aircraft tire locker, so the smoke and fumes were terrible from the burning rubber. Then, the mag wheels caught fire and, of all things, we didn't have Purple K to put them out. They towed a big circular trailer full of Purple K from the Cubi Point Fire Department, lifted it aboard with a crane, and eventually extinguished the fire. Of course, being that Subic was Cinderella Liberty, all of us drunk squids began arriving to go aboard, but they couldn't let us due to the fire. We in RVAH-11 were fresh from "the fire" on Forrestal so we kept badgering them to let us aboard. We wanted that fire out so we could hit the sack!

Due to the Forrestal fire, the Navy quit using TNT bombs. The new type just melted down from extreme heat and the Air Force had been using them for some time (but we in the Navy had butter while they only had margarine!). Due to the Kitty Hawk fire, large quantities of Purple K became a routine item on aircraft carriers.

Anyway, a day or so later some Navy Intelligence guys came down into the RVAH-11 berthing spaces, cut the lock off a sailor's locker that was about 2 or 3 rack spaces from me, inventoried his locker contents, and left. We never saw him again and the scuttlebutt was that he had started the fire so we could go back to the States. It worked on Forrestal, so why not Kitty Hawk? Can't recall his name, but he had a color poster that measured about 3 feet by 5 feet of Mama Cass Elliot lying naked on her stomach in a flower bed (big ole butt up in the air) with a long-stemmed rose in her mouth.

Which reminds me, if Mama Cass had shared that ham sandwich with Karen
Carpenter, they'd probably both be alive today.



Buy this movie and see 
all about the USS Forrestal Fire.

What Can Happen on an Aircraft Carrier?
Situation Critical: The U.S.S. Forrestal (1997) 

Situation Critical is the true story of the disaster that occurred aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, off the coast of North Vietnam. Witness the events as they unfold in real time, as the actual footage from TV cameras aboard the ship and voice recordings from the ship's PA system are used

Kenneth Smith (Springdale, Arkansas United States)
This movie is a must see for anyone that has the slightest interest in Aircraft carriers or in the Navy in General. I first saw the film in bootcamp as well in 1982. After bootcamp I was assigned to the USS John F. Kennedy for a tour of duty. The first film they showed us was this same film. It is very graphic and very disturbing to watch...but very captivating at the same time!! And I am sure the sailors who were there that day appreciate the fact that their day in "Hell" is now used as a training device to prevent the same thing from happening again. As anyone who has served on an aircraft carrier can tell you...they fly sometimes hundreds of sorties a day...and the fact that this accident hasn't been repeated goes to show you the value of this training film. Please buy this video and you wont be disappointed...this isn't Hollywood...this is life in a War Zone!!

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