F-8 Crusader

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P&W J57
1 x 18,000 lbs.
54 ft. 3 in.
35 ft. 8 in.
17,541 lbs.
27,938 lbs.
9,633 lbs.
4- 20 mm
5,000 lbs.
575 mph
1,325 mph
32,000 fpm
58,000 feet
1,735 miles


F-8 Crusader

F-8 Crusader

The F-8 Crusader, produced by Vought, was the first production U.S. aircraft to fly at over 1,000 mph. It was the last U.S. fighter built with cannons as its primary weapons. It was the first U. S. Navy supersonic carrier based aircraft.

Unique to the F-8 Crusader was a variable incidence wing with a maximum of seven degrees up or down movement. This was utilized on take off and landing to reduce speeds. A search and fire-control radar system enabled all-weather operations.

The F-8 Crusader originally operated from the decks of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Later versions were used by the U.S.M.C. and eventually throughout the world.

The F-8 Crusader was considered one of the best fighter aircraft of its time. Pilots praised its maneuverability.

The photo recon variant of the F-8 Crusader was instrumental in obtaining pictures during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It served the longest of all models. Its last reconnaissance mission was with the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1987.

The F-8 Crusader had a 19:3 victory ratio during the Vietnam War, the best of any U.S. fighter aircraft. An interesting fact is that most of its victories did not involve cannon fire.

From 1970 through 1974 NASA modified the F-8 Crusader for experiments with wing shapes and in fly-by-wire technology.

The Philippine Air force flew the F-8 Crusader from 1977 through 1991.

The French operated the F-8 Crusader from its carriers through 2000.

A total of some 1,260 F-8 Crusader aircraft of all types were produced.

F-8 Crusader - Hudson

F-8 Crusader

That’s David and his dad Billy Hudson with their F-8 Crusader.

Specifications are:
scale: 1/6
gross weight: 51 lbs
length: 109 in.
wingspan: 72 in.
construction: fiberglass
fully functional wing, speed brake, wheel brakes operational canopy
engine : Merlin 160 Mark II with 36 lbs. thrust
fuel: Jet A

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  2. I was assigned to F-8 squadrons in 1972-1973 at MATTC Dallas Naval Air Station. Was an aircraft electrician, but also worked in Check Crew & lastly as a Plane Captain for pre-flights inspections, refueling, assisting LOX servicing, launch & retrieval. Loved the trust & respect that I received from pilots & did my job very well. We serviced three squadrons of reserve units & one squadron of CH-53 helicopters.

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