a 4 skyhawk

Off the coast of Vietnam. Tonkin Gulf. July 29, 1967. Navy crewmen try to put out a fire aboard the USS Forrestal after an F-4 Phantom accidentally fired a zuni rocket into an A-4 Skyhawk, which caused massive explosions on the aft end of the flight deck. This tragic accidental launch damaged the aircraft and claimed the lives of 134 crewmen.

Photograph: AP