F-4J VMFA-451 USS Forrestal

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F-4J VMFA-451 USS Forrestal

Postby norri » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:33 am

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the USS Forrestal is perhaps best known for the fires and explosions
which rocked the vessel following a short circuit in a Zuni missle pod
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while steaming in the Bay of Tolkin, July 1967. 134 sailors were killed
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Gerald Farrier, a fire control officer was one of them.
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footage of his brave attempt to control the fires was captured by the
ship's deck cam
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Bjtw64RPw

he is seen coming into the frame 25 seconds from the beginning of the footage, carrying a hand held fire extinguisher,
which he has the presence of mind to test fire before attempting to put out the A-4 engulfed in flames
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Farrier perished in the first explosion from bombs which cooked off under the A-4's pylons.
His body was never found.
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3775 was destroyed in a crash landing at MCAS Yuma AZ following a mid air collision with F-4 153778 in 1977
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Re: F-4J VMFA-451 USS Forrestal

Postby MichaelB » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:28 pm

Nice work!
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Re: F-4J VMFA-451 USS Forrestal

Postby norri » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:32 pm

thanks Michael
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