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Vought F8U (F-8) Crusader - When You're Out of F-8s, You're Out of Fighters

Vought F8U (F-8) Crusader

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A couple of F8U-2 (F-8C) Crusaders - BuNos 146963 and 145558 - from VF-84, aboard the USS Independence (CVA-62), circa 1961. Photo: NMNA

This Photo-Crusader - BuNo 145608 - began as a Vought F8U-1P, was re-designated as an RF-8A, then upgraded to an RF-8G. The squadron is Fightin' Photo - VFP-62, the background is the European Alps. Photo: NMNA

A Vought F-8E Crusader - BuNo 149164 - assigned to VF-124. Photo: NMNA

Boys will be Boys. Two Vought F-8J Crusaders - BuNo 150318 and 150899 - from Satan's Kittens of Fighter Squadron ONE-NINE-ONE (VF-191), USS Oriskany CVA-34). Photo: NMNA

A nice flight of Vought F-8J Crusaders of VF-194, circa 1970. BuNos are 149216, 150662, 150347 and 149145. Phoro: NMNA

Photo-Crusaders from VCP-63, circa 1960. All are Vought F8U-1P models - BuNos 146832, 146826, 146874 and 144616. Photo: NMNA

A common thing during the Cold War - An F-8 Crusader intercepts a Soviet TU-95 Bear-A/B aircraft near the USS ORISKANY (CVA-34). Photo: DOD

Nicely restored Vought F-8K Crusader - BuNo 146985 - in the colors of VMFA-333. In the Valiant Air Command Museum, Titusville, Florida. Photo: A.A.S.

An RF-8 Photo-Crusader tanks from a Grumman KA-6D Intruder. Photo: DOD

Ash blankets the F-8 Crusader gate guard at the main gate of NAS Cubi Point, after the Mount Pinatubo eruption - July 1991. Photo: DOD

The year is 1958 - A Vought F8U-1E Crusader - BuNo 145456 - assigned to VF-32, rides up the deck edge elevator aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60). Photo: NMNA

A nice inflight shot of a Vougth F8U-1 Crusader - BuNo 143685 - assigned to VF-32, aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60), circa 1958. Photo: NMNA

A Vought F8U-1P Photo-Crusader - BuNo 145644 - assigned to VFP-62, takes on gas from a Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk - BuNo 144900 - from VA-34. Both squadrons were based aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60), circa 1959. Photo: NMNA

A nicely preserved F-8K Crusader - BuNo 147030 - at the USS Midway Museum, San Diego, California - August 2011. Photo: A.A.S.

Action aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60) - July 1958. A Vought F8U-1 from VF-32 seconds prior to launch. Photo: NMNA

Great paint scheme - a Vought F8U-2 Crusader - assigned to VF-84 - seen aboard the USS Independence (CVA-62), circa 1960. Photo: NMNA

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