Vought F8U-1 (F-8A) 'Crusader'
|  Base model:||F8U|
|  Equivalent to:||
F-8A F8AF-8A |
|  Designation System:||U.S. Navy / Marines|
|  Designation Period:||1922-1962|
|  Basic role:||Fighter|
|  First Flew:||1955/09/30|
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|  Length:|| 54' 3"|| 16.5 m|
|  Height:||15' 9"|| 4.8 m|
|  Wingspan:|| 35' 8"|| 10.8 m|
|  Wingarea:|| 350.0 sq ft|| 32.5 sq m|
|  Empty Weight:|| 17,836 lb|| 8,088 kg|
|  Gross Weight:|| 34,100 lb|| 15,464 kg|
|  No. of Engines:|| 1|
|  Powerplant:|| Pratt & Whitney J57-P-4A|
|  Range:|| 1,425 miles|| 2,294 km|
|  Cruise Speed:|| 570 mph|| 917 km/h|| 495 kt|
|  Max Speed:|| 1,322 mph|| 2,128 km/h|| 1,150 kt|
|  Climb:|| 27,200 ft/min|| 8,290 m/min|
|  Ceiling:|| 52,350 ft|| 15,956 m|
Examples of this type may be found at
F-8A on display
National Museum of Naval Aviation
Pima Air & Space Museum
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Frank Porter|
Las Vegas, NV
| I was assigned to VF-154 at Moffett Field, arriving there in Sept. 1956 from PR "A" school. We flew the FJ-3 at the time.
I believe I packed the first parachute used in an ejection on the west coast. The pilot was Lt. R.J. St. Ledger.
Left the squadron at the end of the 1958 cruise as a PR-2, and walked to the other end of hanger one to VF-124.
04/07/2005 @ 02:41
| Glen Harris|
| I was assigned to VF154 in 1958 as an Airman(E-3)and left Atsugi, Japan in January 1961 an AT-2(E-5). We were assigned to the Hancock and in 1958 assigned to the Coral Sea. We were a part of the Formosa Conflict. The F8U was a great plane. I'm looking for Squadran mates. email@example.com |
01/27/2003 @ 12:37
San Jose, CA
| I am helping to restore F8U-1 Bu No 143703 on the USS Hornet Museum. It flew with VMF-122, then had various assignments with China Lake. '703 was stored in the desert until July 1998 when USS Hornet aquired it. its now painted in the markings of VF-154 (Black Knights), NL-412, assigned to John Miotell. |
03/10/2001 @ 22:32
| John E. Dawson|
| I was station at Moffett Field,1956,with VF154. [Navy] We received the first F8U's on the West Coast. We went thru training on the mechanics by the factory at Moffitt and I can say that it was intensive. I was a rated AM at the time and I can say I can preflight the A/C still after all these years. After a few months training we were assigned to the carrier Hancock. We sailed to Hawaii and then to Japan. I have a lot of memories but no photos. If anybody reads this and was assigned to the squadron VF154 lets hear from you. I was discharged fron the Navy at Atsugi Japan in 1957Thanks to all. |
02/27/2001 @ 18:15
| How does one obtain information on the design characteristics such as airfoil sections, wing sweep, etc.?
09/03/2000 @ 11:01
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