Vought RF-8G 'Crusader'

Notes: SINGLE-PLACE, SWEPT/VARIABLE-INCIDENCE wing, LAND-BASED trainer with reconnaissance capability.
  Base model:F-8
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
  Modified Mission:Reconnaissance
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  Length: 54' 3" 16.5 m
  Height:15' 9" 4.8 m
  Wingspan: 35' 8" 10.8 m
  Wingarea: 350.0 sq ft 32.5 sq m
  Empty Weight: 17,836 lb 8,088 kg
  Gross Weight: 34,100 lb 15,464 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J57-P-4A

  Range: 1,425 miles 2,294 km
  Cruise Speed: 570 mph 917 km/h 495 kt
  Max Speed: 1,133 mph 1,824 km/h 985 kt
  Climb: 27,200 ft/min 8,290 m/min
  Ceiling: 52,350 ft 15,956 m

Examples of this type may be found at
MCAS El Toro Historical FoundationIrvineCalifornia
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial ParkMobileAlabama

RF-8G on display

MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park


Recent comments by our visitors
 Littleton, CO
79-80 cruise, Det-5, first ones ever on the USS Nimitz. We broke records, and hearts. 6 month cruise came back like 3 years later (so it seemed) We made it thru and I'll never forget that one or the great guys in Det-5.
03/10/2015 @ 09:20 [ref: 68978]
 Pat (Ammo) Amorella
 Littleton, CO
In VFP-63 78-81, Det-5 . Was in touch with Eyer, Scotty, Okie Bob, & Wojo, but no one calls back. Hope everyone is good, my e-mail is attached so ... Manny, ya lifer, way to go dude!
02/24/2015 @ 06:17 [ref: 68951]
 Dan Street
 Kansas City, MO
I was in VFP-63 at NAS Miramar, Ca. from 1968 to 1970. We had the RF-8G Crusaders. I was on the Uss Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 Det. 42 in 1969 in the Tonkin Gulf. I was a PO2 Structual Hydraulics mechanic and worked on the landing gears,tailhooks and wing fold systems. These were tough aircraft and they did their job well.They photograghed many Triple A sites over Vietnam. Lots of great memories.
06/06/2013 @ 10:37 [ref: 67873]
 Mike Jenkins
 Bridgman, MI
Lots of good times on boat and shore. Every time I smell diesel fumes it reminds me of the flight deck.
03/26/2013 @ 07:27 [ref: 67687]
 Gary Tritt
 Soquel, CA
Great memories of the RF-8G and VFP-63. Cruised twice Det 2 Coral Sea, 79 and 81. Outstanding shipmates keeping those old birds flying! Great memories!
01/14/2013 @ 18:32 [ref: 67500]
 Manny Jasso
 Plattsmouth, NE
Well first off I would like to say Hello to all my VFP 63 Det 1 and Det 5 buddies. The leadership that we had Senior Layton, Chief Blair, Chief Alford, Chief Dehams what a bunch of Great Americans. But my running mates, Tony Gibbs, Mike Flynn, Scotty Stockard (Scotty I was a YN not a Flipping PN), Ammo, Frenchy, PN2 Perez, Dave Eyers, Valmont Corbet, Dan Gonzalez, Burgy (the fart master), Creapo, WOW what a bunch of great memories...we worked our butts off but we also played hard -- everyday. Hope you all are doing well - and hope I had your back like you all had mine. As for me I retired after 30 years in the Navy on October 2008 and stayed here in Nebraska. Will post pics later. God Speed.
05/23/2012 @ 19:23 [ref: 57745]
 mike moore
 Fort Mill, SC
Hey Ammo, Scotty, Dave, Okie Bob, Red Lahe send me an email and say hi. We all spent a fair amount of time together, a long time ago... MK. I actually work with one of the guys from Det. 2 AMS Mike Sloan. We both work for Usairways in Charlotte NC.
02/23/2012 @ 15:47 [ref: 53323]
 Billy Brown
 San Diego, CA
You have a nice site
08/28/2011 @ 12:51 [ref: 48229]
 Jim Bremner
 Oak Harbor, WA
I completed two tours of duty with VFP63, 1961 and again in 1970, both times I deployed on the USS Coral Sea CVA 43. I got to know VFP 63, the Coral Sea, and the RF8 very well. The last two West Packs were made as Maintenance Chief of DET 5. As a PHC, this was not normal, but necessary, when the other Chief, an ADC, suffered a heart attack as we were leaving the States in Nov '71.

I had an interesting 19 month tour as Maintenance Chief, never a dull moment. I had a great crew, three outstanding aircraft. And, as old as they were, they performed in an outstanding manner. I was relieved as Maintenance Chief by an ADC and returned to VFP 63 for transfer to Fleet Reserve in June 73.

Thanks to 12 years in Photographic Systems, I made a smooth transition to work in the electronic field, and have never looked back. VFP 63 was a great outfit, and will be sorely missed by this old sailor.

Drop me a line at: jmsbremner@aol.com

08/21/2011 @ 21:36 [ref: 47058]
 , MO
Typo, make that 1977. Sorry
08/08/2011 @ 17:52 [ref: 45907]


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