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McCain flew a US Navy A-4 Skyhawk jet fighter bomber on bombing missions over North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Skyhawk was a small jet, nicknamed the "scoo…ter". The US Navy liked it because it was inexpensive to build and purchase, and was alot smaller than the F-8 Crusader and F-4 Phantoms, which took more space atop the aircraft carrier's flight decks.
John S. McCain was born on August 29, 1936 and graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1958 so he was 2 months shy of 22.
According to a January 31, 008 posting on The Haze Filter, McCain graduated 894th out of 899 in his class. http://www.thehazefilter.com/archives/2008/01/27-week/ I found …the same thing at The U.S. Veteran Dispatch on the same date. http://www.usvetdsp.com/jan08/mccain_military_record.htm
In the 1955 "Lucky Bag", page 447, McCain is in the 4th Class photo (Plebes) in the 5th Battalion, 17th Company, placing him in the graduating class of 1958.
Yes, he confirms it in a video available at youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srbX26vp57c
The answer appears to lie in the fact that both his father and grandfather were high ranking Naval Officers. John also crashed five military aircraft during his tenure a…s a Naval Flight Officer. Each time the Navy quickly cleared him and kept John flying. To be fair Three of the crashes appear to be John's fault. The rocket mishap on his aircraft carrier could not have been prevented by McCain. And it is uncertain whether his lack of flying skill led to John's being shot down in Viet Nam. Forest
The five men that graduated lower than McCain can be found on the "USNA Class of 1958" website.
Yes, class of 1958.
Yes, inspite of his party boy reputation he did get in and graduate in 1958.
59 out of 820
He ranked 59th out of 820
Everybody at the USNA majors in marine engineering.
Family tradition. His Grandfather was a graduate and reached the rank of Admiral. His father was a graduate and reached the rank of Admiral.
He graduated with the class of 1958
Ensign in the Navy or 2nd Lt in the Marines
In US Navy
You can obtain a list from the National Archives; the link is below. You'll have to search through to find which record set it's in, then submit a request online if you don't …live in the area.