This is the true story of Keith Gallagher surviving a very unusual and life threatening incident while serving as bombardier navigator on a A-6 aircraft off the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Indian Ocean on July 9, 1991. Keith would recover from this accident, return to flight status, and complete his service in the Navy. Keith now works in the telecommunications industry and lives in Atlanta with his wife Michelle and their two children.
The aircraft in this story is a Green Lizard KA-6D aerial tanker and this was a aerial refueling mission overhead the carrier. On July 9, 1991 the USS Abraham Lincoln is four days out of Singapore heading northwest for patrol duty in the Persian Gulf.