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Fred VanLaningham | Composite Squadron VC-80 - Navy

7:05   |   The machine gun in the turret of the torpedo bomber had a fire interrupter that was supposed to prevent the gunner from shooting the tail or the wings of the aircraft. Fred VanLaningham was on a training flight over the California desert and manning the gun when it went haywire and did just that.

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