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John McCains A4-E Info needed
Tanksami
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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 07:12 PM UTC
Hi Guys,

I hope someone maybe able to help with any Pictures of the A4 that John McCain flew of the USS Oriskany after transferring there. I know the plane’s code was AH 300, not sure of the squadron though.

Preferably on either his last mission on any others in that particular aircraft when he flew it, also would his name have been repainted onto it as the pilot?

Cheers
Mike
Tank1812
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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 09:12 PM UTC
The aircraft is a A-4E, the title has the dash in the wrong location. He was flying 149959 with VA-163. As the bird’s modex was 300 it would not have had his name on it, that would have been the CO’s name.

You should be able to find what you need here http://www.va163.org/
Tanksami
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 09:42 PM UTC
Hi Tank,

Many thanks for the link & info, very helpful indeed!! Will try & see if I can find any pictures of it loaded with iron before going down.

Thanks
Mike

Tank1812
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM UTC
Via Wiki here is the plane 6 days before he was shootdown.


You can also review the Oriskany cruise book for that year for more information.
https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv34-67/index.html

HTH
Tanksami
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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019 - 09:50 AM UTC
Hi Ryan,

Thank you very much for that link re the cruise log, I couldn’t get the picture that was taken 6 days before McCain was shot down to open though.

Thanks
Mike
Mortifa
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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019 - 10:20 AM UTC
https://aviationartstore.com/page/blue-angel-navy-and-marine-aircraft-directory/a-4e-skyhawk-john-s-mccain/
Tank1812
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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019 - 10:39 AM UTC

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Hi Ryan,

Thank you very much for that link re the cruise log, I couldn’t get the picture that was taken 6 days before McCain was shot down to open though.

Thanks
Mike



https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_4E_barrier_CVA34.jpg
panamadan
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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019 - 11:56 AM UTC
My brother served on her during the big fire.
Dan
Tanksami
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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019 - 02:48 PM UTC
Hi Dan,

Well I hope your brother survived not only the fire but the whole war!! Did he stay on her When John McCain was flying off her?

Thanks Mike