Designation: F8U-1

VOUGHT/LTV DF-8F (F8U-1, F-8A) CRUSADER

VOUGHT/LTV DF-8F (F8U-1, F-8A) CRUSADER

A picture of the Vought/LTV DF-8F Crusader

The Crusader is often called the “Last of the Gunfighters” since it was the last Navy fighter to rely on guns for its primary armament.  Design work began in 1953 and the first of the prototype aircraft flew in March 1955.  The most notable feature of the aircraft’s design is the ability to raise the wing’s leading edge in flight.  This changes the angle at which the wing cuts the air and allows the aircraft to fly slow enough to land on a carrier while keeping the nose down and improving the pilot’s forward view.  The Crusader first went to sea on the USS Forrestal in 1957.  In the early 1960s, a dozen F-8As were converted to DF-8F drone controllers for use on the Navy’s various target ranges.  The last of the Crusaders left navy service in 1987.

Wingspan 35 ft 8 in.

Wingspan

Length 54 ft 3 in.

Length

Height 5 ft 9 in.

Height

Weight 34,100 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 1,133 mph

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 52,350 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,425 miles

Range

Engines One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-11 turbojet with 18,900 pounds of thrust

Engines

Crew 1

Crew


Manufacturer
VOUGHT

Markings
Utility Squadron 8 (VU-8), Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico, 1964

Serial Number
144427

Designation
DF-8F

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