Vought F8U-1 (F-8A) 'Crusader'


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  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
NAS Cecil FieldCecil FieldFlorida
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"ChinoCalifornia

F-8A on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation

Pima Air & Space Museum

The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"


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
 Yuma, AZ
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. ghyuma@yahoo.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
 Thornton, CO
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
 , MD
How does one obtain information on the design characteristics such as airfoil sections, wing sweep, etc.?

Thank you

09/03/2000 @ 11:01


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