|Year/Model:||1960 F-8K Crusader|
|Tail Number:||MG 6931|
|Power Plant:||10,700-lb Pratt & Whitney
|Wingspan:||35 feet 6 inches|
|Length:||54 feet 5 inches|
|Height:||15 feet 9 inches|
|Gross Weight:||34,000 pounds|
|Maximum Speed:||1,120 MPH|
|Maximum Range:||600 statute miles|
|Service Ceiling:||58,000 feet|
|Owner:||On Loan from National Naval Aviation Museum, FL|
Designed by Vought engineers as a supersonic shipboard fighter, of eight designs submitted to the Navy it was the plane that was selected, and the prototype XF8U-1 first flew on March 25, 1955. Its high-mounted variable-incidence wing (its lateral angle could be adjusted from the cockpit) was unique in not requiring an exaggerated nose-high landing attitude, offering pilots a much better view of a carrier deck.
The Crusader earned the coveted Collier Trophy for Vought and the Thompson Trophy in setting a new coast-to-coast record on July 16, 1957 — its pilot, USMC Major John Glenn, became even better known later as the first astronaut to orbit the Earth. Production for the F8U/F-8 line ended in 1965 after 1,261 planes had been built.
A little history of 146931:
Manufactured by Chance Vought, Stratford CT, until it was acquired in 1963 by Ling-Temco Electronics, Dallas TX, to become Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV Aerospace).