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    A-1 572’S Right Wing




    During the Vietnam War, the supply on ordnance was a little short which is why the war birds would often carry only half the load capacity. Nevertheless, the US military force still had an amazing, unbreakable spirit despite that hurdle. Because of this (and other possible humorous reasons), what better way to highlight the six millionth pound of ordnance than to add something “special” to the usual munition. So in October 1965, Commander Clarence J. Stoddard of Attack Squadron 25 (VA-25) “Fist of the Fleet” was flying a Douglas A-1 Skyraider (a single-seat attack aircraft that had a pretty remarkably successful career) aboard the USS Midway. And to “celebrate” the said commemoration, he dropped something so unexpected it evoked mixed response and reactions — confusion, shock, awe, delight.
    It was nothing more than a toilet. According to USNR Retired Captain Clint Johnson, “When they arrived in the target area and CDR Stoddard was reading the ordnance list to the FAC, he ended with “and one code name Sani-flush”. The FAC couldn’t believe it and joined up to see it. It was dropped in a dive with LCDR Bacon flying tight wing position to film the drop.”

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    Re: A-1 572’S Right Wing

    Now this is gold, classic USAF

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    Re: A-1 572’S Right Wing

    He was out for a " Flush & Destroy " mission
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    Re: A-1 572’S Right Wing

    The pilot knew the mission was 'down the toilet' before he took off.

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