F-8 Crusader

F-8 Pilot recalls a Colorful Crusader Driver Who Hit the Ramp and Ejected on His Initial Night Qual

F-8 Pilot recalls a Colorful Crusader Driver Who Hit the Ramp and Ejected on His Initial Night Qual

F-8 Crusader pilot Charlie Glasscock Aviation seems to be populated with more than its share of memorable personalities, especially carrier… Read More

2 months ago

US Navy F-8 Pilot Says the French Aéronavale Retired the Legendary Crusader in Proper Style

French Aéronavale F-8 Crusader The Vought F-8 Crusader was known as a “fighter pilot’s fighter.” It was challenging to fly,… Read More

6 months ago

F-8 Pilot recalls how a good brief by his Flight Lead saved his bacon during a night carrier landing with his Crusader radio not working

‘A second or two later there is a big, wonderful thump and pull as I catch a wire. I’m the… Read More

8 months ago

‘Talk to me. I’m scared:’ US Navy F-8 Crusader pilot recalls when the LSO couldn’t talk to him during a night carrier landing

‘I came up on the radio and said, "Talk to me. I'm scared." Nothing. Not a syllable,’ Larry Durbin, US… Read More

8 months ago

The day a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker saved six US Navy jets over the Gulf of Tonkin

The KC-135 Stratotanker The Boeing Company’s model 367-80 was the basic design for the commercial 707 passenger plane as well… Read More

8 months ago

United Airlines Boeing 757 Pilot Recalls Challenging Landing Test for New Pilot

United Airlines Boeing 757 Pilot After flying the hot F-8 Crusader in the US Navy for a few years, I… Read More

9 months ago

The Fearsome Crusader scored its last MiG Kill against a North Vietnamese MiG-17 pilot that chose to eject when he found his opponent was an F-8 instead of an F-4

Lt Jerry Tucker kill was disallowed on the grounds that it had been achieved without the use of any weapons,… Read More

11 months ago

During a dogfight over Vietnam an F-8 pilot fired an AIM-9 to a MiG-17 but instead the Sidewinder tracked a Crusader. The missile ended up destroying another AIM-9.

The story of a confused dogfight during the Vietnam War. After having shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 on May… Read More

12 months ago

Former US Navy F-8 Pilot explains why a carrier landing in the legendary Crusader was a real challenge

“Because of approach speed and scan, you had to work your ass off. But I liked the F-8 because it… Read More

1 year ago

F-8 Crusader Vs F-4 Phantom II: US Naval Aviators recall the rivalry between the “Last of the Gunfighters” and the first “All-Weather Interceptor”

Many of the Phantom’s early cruises were as paired squadrons with F-8 units, which were regarded as “day fighter” (or… Read More

1 year ago

XF4H-1 Phantom II vs XF8U-3 Super Crusader: The Great Shoot Out

On Jun. 2, 1958, one of the greatest "What If" Airplanes in Naval Aviation history first took wing. The XF8U-3… Read More

2 years ago

Here’s why RF-8 pilots were the best US Naval Aviators of all times

The photo-Crusader, unlike other dedicated reconnaissance aircraft (with the possible exception of the RA-5C Vigilante), created a need and product,… Read More

2 years ago

The controversial story of the North Vietnamese MiG-17 pilot who punched out when he found his opponent was an F-8 instead of an F-4

Suddenly, the MiG's canopy flew off, followed by the pilot. F-8 pilot Lt. Jerry Tucker watched incredulously as his 'kill'… Read More

2 years ago

Former Naval Aviator explains why the XF8U-3 Crusader III is the best supersonic fighter jet ever built and why lost to the F-4 Phantom II

The XF8U-3 Crusader III was the wave of the future. Except that it wasn’t. Developed by Chance Vought as a… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the US Navy F-8 pilots that instructed USAF F-4 crews in ACM, beat them during every engagement and made Robin Olds angry

The Navy pilots destroyed their USAF brethren, to the obvious delight of the F-8 'drivers' and the continued frustration of… Read More

3 years ago

Bringing Home the Legends: Carrier Landing in the F-8, F-4, and F-14

We spoke with CAPT Bill “Striker” Switzer, a former Navy fighter pilot who has carrier landings in three legendary fighters… Read More

3 years ago