"When you're out of F-8's, you're out of fighters."
- F-8 Pilot Insignia
The Vought F-8 Crusader was a single engined fighter designed to be a supersonic, carrier based, air superiority fighter. It's first flight was in 1955, and it entered service in 1957. The final examples were retired in 1999 in France.The Crusader's was called last gun fighter with it's four 20 mm canons.
- Length: 54 FT 3 in
- Wingspan: 35 FT 8 In
- Maximum Speed: Mach 1.86 (1,225 MPH)
- Thrust to Weight Ratio: 0.62
- The Encyclopedia of mordern Warplanes, Bill Gunston