F-8 Crusader

The story of NASA F-8 Crusader Oblique Wing Test Aircraft that never was

The story of NASA F-8 Crusader Oblique Wing Test Aircraft that never was

Fortunately, the program was dropped before it got to the stage of actually configuring one of NASA's F-8s with an… Read More

3 years ago

Blue Angels flying the F-8 Crusader would have been awesome, but it never happened. Here’s why.

At some point the Crusader was considered as replacement for Blue Angels Grumman F11 Tigers. One of the most capable… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the angled flight deck and the photos of this famous F-8 crash landing on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt

The photos of this famous F-8 crash landing on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt prove that the angled deck is better… Read More

4 years ago

The F-8 Missions Flown by Cdr Stockdale and his Crusader Pilots in Support of USS Maddox during the two Incidents in the Gulf of Tonkin

Some — including Cdr Stockdale, who was certainly in a good position to see the action — doubted that the… Read More

4 years ago

Project Bullet: when legendary Marine Aviator John Glenn set a new transcontinental air speed record flying the iconic RF-8 ‘Reconnaissance’ Crusader

Only a few high-performance fighters have enjoyed simultaneously important combat careers, the secondary role usually being in an area for… Read More

4 years ago

Former Naval Aviator tells which US Navy Jets are the most difficult and the easiest to land on an Aircraft Carrier

‘I think the Bronze, Silver, and Gold for difficult aircraft to land has to go to Vought aircraft,’ David Tussey,… Read More

4 years ago

The True Story Behind the Famous Sequence of Thirteen Days Movie featuring the RF-8 Crusader Low-Level High Speed Run Over Cuba during the Missile Crisis

Recovering at Jacksonville after a mission, each Crusader would receive another 'dead chicken' marking below its cockpit to denote the… Read More

5 years ago

The Epic Story of the KA-3B Tanker that Flew over North Vietnam, Dodged AAA and SAMs and Saved Dick ‘Brown Bear’ Schaffert’s F-8 Crusader

`We knew we were now violating standing Seventh Fleet orders that no A-3 would go feet dry, yet we also… Read More

5 years ago

This USMC F-8 Pilot Parachuted from 47,000 Feet Into a Gigantic Storm and Survived.

Lieutenant Colonel William H. Rankin fell from 47,000 feet into “one of the most violent storms ever recorded on the… Read More

5 years ago

Strange But True: The US Navy F-8 that became North Vietnam’s first confirmed aerial kill landed safely ashore.

Lt Cdr Thomas' F-8 had been hit in the utility hydraulic system, preventing him from raising the fighter's wing for… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

No Kill like a Guns Kill! Remembering Joe “Hoser” Satrapa, the F-14 Driver who scored two simulated gun kills on two 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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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,… Read More

5 years ago

How North Vietnam’s first ace shot down a VF-111 Sundowners 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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

THE STORY OF THE LAST GUNS-ONLY AERIAL VICTORY IN U.S. NAVAL AVIATION HISTORY

So far, as of today the aerial victory achieved by lt. Cdr. Kirkwood remains the sole confirmed guns-only MiG kill… Read More

7 years ago