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The terrain in Spain nearly stained by McCain's plane - Jason Lindquist
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The terrain in Spain nearly stained by McCain's plane
I've lost a lot of respect for Senator McCain's service during Vietnam after reading this

1) He was a drunken fuckup at the Naval Academy, graduating 894th out of 899, escaping expulsion only due to his father and grandfather's reputation and influence.
2) He stalled out and dropped a plane in the drink during training in Corpus Christi, escaping grounding only due to his father and grandfather's reputation and influence.
3) He clipped a power line in Spain, causing a large blackout, showing off in a plane, escaping grounding only due to his father and grandfather's reputation and influence.
4) Returning from a booty call in Philadelphia, he punched out of a plane approaching Norfolk, escaping grounding only due to his father and grandfather's reputation and influence.

Many people are aware that the USS Forrestal was nearly lost in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1967 in a huge fire on the flight deck that involved aerial bombs detonating on the deck. The fire was caused when a rocket was negligently launched from an F-4 on the flight deck, punching through the fuel tank of McCain's F-4, spilling and igniting its contents. That is of course not his fault. (If he failed to help fight the fire, that is his fault.)

He had warning of an inbound surface-to-air missile on his last raid over Hanoi. I can't say whether it was poor professional judgement for him to not evade the missile, holding course to drop bombs on his assigned target.

But,

5) McCain, following his repatriation from Vietnam, was physically unfit to retain flight status. He kept it only due to his father and grandfather's reputation and influence.
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