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.
A U.S. Navy Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 155096) of Composite Squadron VC-13 “Saints” pictured engaging in air combat maneuvering with a McDonnell F-4S Phantom II near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona (USA), in 1980.
A TA-4K Skyhawk aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, evades simulated anti-aircraft missiles at the Crow Valley Electronic Warfare Tactical Range, the Philippines, during Exercise Cope Thunder, Sept. 10, 1984. U.S. Department of Defense photo