Tag: F-8 Crusader

Check out these photos of an F-8D pilot forced to eject “Feet Wet” after being hit over North Vietnam
The abandoned F-8D Crusader dived for the bottom of South China Sea. Taken on Oct. 14, 1965 by Lt JG Al Zink, flying in an RF-8A from VFP-63 the pictures in this post show the ejection of Lt. Jack Terhune from his Vought F-8D Crusader (BuNo 147899) belonging to VF-154 Black Knights over the...
No Kill like a Guns Kill! Remembering Joe “Hoser” Satrapa, the F-14 Driver who scored two simulated gun kills on USAF F-15s for two times in the same mission
Hoser quickly bagged two gun kills, maneuvering through missile ranges until he was close enough to trigger his 20 mm cannon. In round two, he flat outmaneuvered the F-15 pilots for two more gun kills. On Mar. 17, 2019 former F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) David “Hey Joe” Parsons announced on...
Alone Vs six MiGs: the legendary Dogfight of Dick “Brown Bear” Schaffert
Schaffert had survived a gruelling ten-minute solo combat with six MiGs — a classic engagement still examined at Topgun decades later During the Vietnam War, the 'Sundowners' (VF-111) logged six deployments, scoring MiG kills in F-8s and F-4 Phantom IIs. Noteworthy one of the highlights of the 1967...
F-4 Vs F-8: the rivalry between the first "All-Weather Interceptor" and the “Last of the Gunfighters”
“The F-4s got off to a horrid start when running into F-8s. Their reputation was dog-s**t,” Jerry B. "Devil" Houston, former F-8 driver The McDonnell two-place, twinjet, all-weather F-4 Phantom II, with top speeds more than twice that of sound, was one of the most versatile fighters ever built. It served in the...
How North Vietnam's first ace scored a rare victory over the iconic F-8 Crusader
With the controls unresponsive, Capt Wilfred K Abbott pulled the black and yellow handle, rocketing himself out of the doomed F-8. He parachuted into seven years of captivity  Known to its pilots as the 'last of the gunfighters' due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk12 20mm cannon (its great naval rival, the F-4 Phantom II, was armed exclusively with missiles), the F-8...
Here's why this famous F-8 crash landing would have been much worse on a straight deck carrier
The F-8 snapped a main gear strut while landing aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42). The magnesium strut ignited and the jet rolled off the end of the angled deck The interesting photos in this post show a Vought F-8 Crusader from the Red Rippers of Fighter Squadron 11 (VF-11) snapping a main gear strut while landing aboard the...
The unknown story of the close call that almost started World War III off the Korean Peninsula in 1969 
“This is the Chief-of-Staff: Launch the alert five.” In just minutes we could hear the A-6 engines starting directly above on the flight deck On Apr. 14, 1969 a North Korean MiG-21 shot down an unarmed EC-121 propeller-driven aircraft which was on a routine reconnaissance patrol over the Sea of Japan from its base at Atsugi, Japan. The entire 31-man...
The story of the the last guns-only aerial victory in Naval aviation history
So far, as of today the aerial victory achieved by lt. Cdr. Kirkwood remains the sole confirmed guns-only MiG kill credited to the F-8 Chance Vought's F-8 Crusader was the U.S. Navy's first fully operational supersonic aircraft, joining the fleet in 1957. Capable of speeds of Mach 1.8, the Crusader established an enviable records as a potent "MiG Killer" in...
Structural and aerodynamic testings were often followed by trips to carriers to confirm land based results Taken in mid-70's the interesting photo in this post features a U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair II performing Carrier Suitability SR&R (Shake, Rattle & Roll) testing at land-based C-7 catapult and Mk 7 Mod 3 Arrested Landing Gear. As explained to The Aviation Geek Club by...
One rule of engagement was constant in all these incidents: make the intercept as close as possible to 100 miles from the ship I was involved in four Soviet Badger and Bear overflights of U.S. Navy Carriers, on four different flattops – two as a pilot and two as a CIC (Combat Information Center) officer. I was a pilot attached to...

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