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F-8K Crusader

“The Last Gunfighter”

 

—BuNo. 146939 —

 
F-8K Crusader Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
1. F-8K Crusader Marker
Inscription. Distinctive in appearance, the F-8 Crusader was one of the US Navy's first supersonic carrier-based fighters. During testing (1956), the Crusader set a national speed record of 1000mph (1609 km/m). Entering service in 1957, the Crusader was the last US fighter designed with guns as a primary weapon. This earned the Crusader the nickname "The Last Gunfighter." Later equipped with Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, the Crusader had the best kill ratio of any US Navy aircraft during the Vietnam War, earning another nickname , "The Mig Master." The last US Navy version retired in 1976, and the photo-reconnaissance version (RF-8) retired in 1987.

Manufacturer : Vought (later LTV)
Type: carrier-based fighter
Crew : pilot
Powerplant: one 18,016 lb (8,172 kg) static thrust Pratt & Whitney J57-P-20 afterburning turbojet
Wingspan: 35 ft 8 in (10.87 m)
Length: 54 ft 3 in (16.5 m)
Height: 15 ft 9 in (4.8 m)
Weight: 17,836 lbs (8,090.3 kg) empty; 34,100 lbs (15,468 kg) maximum
Armament: four 20mm cannons; up to four Sidewinder (short range) air-to-air missiles; or 5,000 lbs ( 2,268 kg) of external ) ordnance
Maximum speed: 1,133 mph (1,823 km/h)
Combat radius: 500+ miles (805+ kilometers)
Service ceiling: 52,350 ft (15,956 m)

This aircraft on loan from the
F-8K Crusader and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
2. F-8K Crusader and Marker
Armament: four 20-mm Mk 12 cannon with 144 rounds per gun; up to four AIM-9 Sidewinder AAMs; or eight 113-kg (250-lb) Mk 81 or 227-kg (500lb) Mk 82 bombs; or eight Zuni rockets; or two AGM-12A or AGM-12B Bullpup attack missles
National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida
 
Erected by Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 32° 47.41′ N, 79° 54.504′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Patriots Point Road. Click for map. Aboard the USS Yorktown. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A-6E Intruder (a few steps from this marker); Carrier-Based A-6 Intruder (a few steps from this marker); The A-7E Corsair II (a few steps from this marker); SH-3G Sea King (a few steps from this marker); S-3B Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); E-1B Tracer (within shouting distance of this marker); Clamagore (SS-343) (within shouting distance of this marker); S-2E Tracker (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Also see . . .  Patriots Point -F8 Crusader. known as the "Last of the Gunfighters" (Submitted on May 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceWar, Vietnam
 
F-8K Crusader , single-seat, carrier-capable fighter and fighter-bomber Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
3. F-8K Crusader , single-seat, carrier-capable fighter and fighter-bomber
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 751 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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