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Vought F-8 Crusader

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The Vought XF8U-1 was designed to meet a U.S. Navy requirement in 1952 for a supersonic air-superiority fighter.  The first prototype flew in 1955.  The last Navy fighter to rely on guns for its main armament, it was known as "the last gunfighter".

The F8U Crusader was re-designated the F-8 in 1962 when the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force consolidated their designation systems.  The Crusader saw service with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in Vietnam.  The last U.S. Marine Corps RF-8 was retired in the late 1980s.

The Crusader remained in production until 1965 with the final aircraft being delivered to the French Navy.

This aircraft is also known as the LTV F-8 Crusader due to changes in company ownership.

Specifications (F-8E)





Type: Fighter
Engines: one 18,000 lb (80.1 kN) thrust Pratt & Whitney J57-P-20A turbojet
F8U: U.S. Navy designation (prior to 1962)
F-8: U.S. Military designation (after 1962)
DF-8: Drone director version
QF-8: Target drone version
RF-8: Photo-reconnaissance version

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