|Project: Get Out and Walk|
|United States Navy||
23rd July 1966
|Cdr. Wynn Franklin Foster|
A-4E Skyhawks on an Alpha Strike from VA-163 / AW-16 USS Oriskany (CV-34) showing Cdr. Wynn Foster's AH 301
At around 7:30 a.m. on July 23rd, 1966 39 year old Commander Wynn Franklin Foster USN ejected from his Douglas A-4E Skyhawk single seat attack aircraft.
The aircraft, AH/30, "Old Salt One", belonging to VA-163 / Air Wing 16 from the carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34) was flying an Alpha Strike mission through a clear sky with scattered cumulus over the Gulf of Tonkin when it was struck by Vietnamese AAA. The effect of the significant - to both machine and man.
Despite suffering the traumatic loss of his right arm below mid-humerus
when struck by anti-aircraft fire Cdr Foster initiated ejection.
At around 3,000 - 4,000 feet msl
about 250-300 knots with the aircraft slight nose down the Cdr Wynn
Foster positioned himself the be could in the circumstances,
recovered his severed limb and somehow pulled the ejection handle of
his Douglas RAPAC ejection seat that started the automatic sequence
- canopy ejection, then the seat with its injured pilot. He ejected
into the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and was recovered.
Cdr Foster kindly provide the photographs for this webpage but pointed out with good humour, "After photo (of AH 301) not available; aircraft is at the bottom of the Tonkin Gulf."
This was Cdr.
Foster's one and only ejection.
Cdr. Wynn Foster aboard USS Oriskany 1966
"The full account is covered in my book, "Captain Hook," published by Naval Institute Press, 1992."
via Wynn Foster
Cdr. Wynn Foster 1995
In typical understatement in Chapter One Cdr. Foster describes the situation that led to his ejection and includes details of his horrific injuries with the title
"A Mild Sting"
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Cdr Wynn Foster U. S. Navy (retd) for his support with this project, permission to include his details and providing photographs of himself throughout his career.