F-8 Crusaider Pic GalleryBefore the introduction of the 'tri-service' designation system this aircraft was known as the F8U. It originally was a fast dayfighter, but later models were capable of all-weather operations. The problem of putting a powerful, heavy supersonic fighter on a carrier deck was solved by giving the F-8 a variable incidence wing, and it could operate even from smaller carriers. The Crusaders sold to the French 'Aeronavale' (which are still in service) had further modifications to reduce landing speed. The F-8 enjoyed a long and distinguished career, and was still very effective in Vietnam. There was also an RF-8 reconnaissance version, with a large rectangular fairing under the forward fuselage housing cameras. The F8U-3 was a totally new design, superficially similar, but with large belly fins and different nose contours; it did not enter service. 1305 crafts were built.

Type: F-8D (F8U-2N)
Function: fighter
Year: 1958
Crew: 1
Wing Span: 10.87 m
Length: 16.53 m
Height: 4.80 m
Wing Area: 34.84 m2
Empty Weight: 7957 kg
Max.Weight: 13154 kg
Engines: one 8165 kg P&W J57-P-20
Max. Speed: 1976 km/h
Ceiling: 17700 m
Max. Range: 2795 km
Armament: four 20 mm guns; 5-7 hardpoints for varius AAM's


Type: F8U-3
Function: fighter
Year: 1958
Crew: 1
Wing Span: 12.16 m
Length: 17.88 m
Height: 4.98 m
Wing Area: 41.80 m2
Empty Weight: 9917 kg
Max.Weight: 17587 kg
Engines: one 13381 kg Pratt & Whitney J75-P-5A
Speed: 2832 km/h
Range: 3289 km
Armament: four 20 mm guns; 5-7 hardpoints for varius AAM's


Type: RF-8A (F8U-1P)
Function: reconaissance
Year: 1957
Crew: 1
Engines: one 7258kg Pratt & Whitney J75-P-4
Speed: 1589km/h
Ceiling: 15790m
Range: 3233km

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