Sunday, April 06, 2008

Great Moments from the military career of John McCain

From 'Faith of My Fathers,' by John McCain with Mark Salter ©1999

I crashed a plane in Corpus Christi one Saturday morning. The engine quit while I was practicing landings. Knocked unconscious when my plane hit the water, I came to as the plane settled on the bottom of the bay. I barely managed to get the canopy open and swim to the surface.

My reputation was certainly not enhanced when I knocked down some power lines while flying too low over southern Spain. My daredevil clowning had cut off electricity to a great many Spanish homes and created a small international incident.

Somewhere between the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Norfolk, Virginia, as I was preparing to come in to refuel, my engine flamed out, and I had to eject at a thousand feet. The Christmas gifts were lost with my airplane.

I knew I was hit. My A-4, traveling at about 550 miles an hour, was violently spiralling to earth.


JDM said...

Great fucking driving. Is he allowed to operate automobiles? Dim old POS...

mdhatter said...

Stranger than fiction, my father was a navy pilot in Corpus Cristi at that time and has similar stories of such shenanigans. In his words, "I must have bought him a drink at least once".

In terms of international incidents: my dad flew around inside Mt. Fuji, and I've seen the pictures.