Tag: F-8 Crusader

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...
The F-8 DFBW system was the forerunner of current fly-by-wire systems used in the space shuttles and on today's military and civil aircraft Externally identical to a standard U.S. Navy F-8C Crusader, the F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire (DFBW) aircraft had its control system replaced initially by a primary system using an Apollo digital computer. The backup system used three analog computers. When...