Entered on the Museum roster Dec 18, 2002, our source for the Crusader was the carrier, USS Hornet, at Alameda. Prior to reacquisition by the Navy, the plane languished at a city park for many years where, not being "childproof," it suffered considerable physical abuse, so we have our work cut out for us to restore this wonderful old fighting machine to how it looked back in its heyday.
This Crusader has undergone restoration and was painted to match the markings of one of its former units at VMF-321.
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.
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).
This aircraft currently on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL
|Power plant:||10,700-lb Pratt & Whitney
|Length:||54´ 5 "|
|Height:||15´ 9 "|
|Wing area:||350 sf|
|Empty weight:||19,925 lbs|
|Gross weight:||34,000 lbs|
|Maximum speed:||1,120 mph|
|Cruising speed:||560 mph|
|Landing speed:||155 mph|
|Range:||600 statute miles|