Colorful accounts of events involving the F-8 and Crusader Drivers abound in this chronicle covering the three decades when this F-8 was an important element of the U.S. Navys carrier strike forces.
Author: Paul T. Gillcrist
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Once known as the "Last of the Gunfighters", the Vought F-8 Crusader has since become a legend in the histories of the U.S. and French navies, as well as a scourge in the skies over North Vietnam in the late 1960s! CRUSADER! is a vital oral history of one of the most controversial fighter planes in carrier aviation. A key to the authenticity of this story are the author's personal interviews with sixteen of the seventeen living Crusader pilots who became MiG killers in the Vietnam air war. His analysis of their aerial engagements over North Vietnam from 1965 to 1973 contains some startling surprises, as well as a validation of many of the tactical lessons learned from World War II and Korea. CRUSADER! also contains personal accounts by F-8 speed record holders such as U.S. Marine Corps Major (now Senator) John Glenn and Captains Bob Dose and "Duke" Windsor. Other aviation records held by the Crusader, (not so enviable) are told, in anecdotal form, for the first time by the author, an F-8 driver and participant in some of them! Colorful, and sometimes humorous, accounts of events involving the F-8 and "Crusader Drivers" abound in this chronicle of carrier aviation covering the three decades when this remarkable airplane was an important element of the U.S. Navy's carrier strike forces. Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist commanded a fleet Crusader squadron, then a carrier air wing and finally, as a flag officer, became wing commander for all Pacific Fleet fighter squadrons. During his fleet squadron command he completed three carrier deployments to the Tonkin Gulf and flew 167 combat missions in the Crusader for which he was awarded seventeen combat decorations. The author of FEET WET, Reflections of a Carrier Pilot (1990) and TOMCAT, The Grumman F-14 Story (1994), Admiral Gillcrist is well qualified to write the story of the Crusader!
En instruktionsbog (Flight Manual) for F-8 Crusader.
Author: United States Navy
En instruktionsbog (Flight Manual) for F-8 Crusader.
Known to its pilots as the 'last of the gunfighters' due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon, the F-8 Crusader was numerically the most populous fighter in the US Navy at the start of America's involvement in the Vietnam ...
Author: Peter Mersky
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Known to its pilots as the 'last of the gunfighters' due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon, the F-8 Crusader was numerically the most populous fighter in the US Navy at the start of America's involvement in the Vietnam conflict in 1964 – some 482 F-8C/D/Es equipped 17 frontline units. It enjoyed great success against North Vietnamese Mig-17s and Mig-21s during the Rolling Thunder campaign of 1965-68, officially downing 18 jets, which represented 53 per cent of all Mig claims lodged by Navy squadrons during this period.
After an internet search revealed the Crusader's admirable combat record in
Vietnam and the nickname “Last of the Gunfighters,” I figured I was just
uninformed. After all, I was a flight test engineer in the air force, not a fighter pilot.
Author: Eileen A. Bjorkman
Publisher: Potomac Books
Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin is the riveting story of Navy pilot Lt. William Sharp's high-speed ejection from his F-8 over North Vietnam and ultimately his escape.
In Fast Movers, official navy historian John Sherwood offers an authoritative social history of the air war, focused around fourteen of these aviators -- from legends like Robin Olds, Steve Ritchie, and John Nichols to lesser-known but ...
Author: John Sherwood
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The war in the skies above Vietnam still stands as the longest our nation has ever fought. For fourteen years American pilots dropped bombs on the Southeast Asian countryside -- eventually more than eight million tons of them. In doing so, they lost over 8,588 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. They did not win the war. Ironically, Vietnam, though one of our least popular wars, produced one of the most effective groups of warriors our nation has ever seen -- men of dedication, professionalism, and courage. In Fast Movers, official navy historian John Sherwood offers an authoritative social history of the air war, focused around fourteen of these aviators -- from legends like Robin Olds, Steve Ritchie, and John Nichols to lesser-known but equally heroic fighters like Roger Lerseth and Ted Sienecki. Sherwood draws on nearly 300 interviews to tell stories of great pilots and great planes in the words of the men themselves. Fliers recall jets such as McDonnell Douglas's famous F-4 Phantom, "a Corvette with wings"; the F-05 Thunderchief, the workhorse of the war; the F-8 Crusader, the last of the gun fighters; and the block-nosed but revolutionary A-6 Intruder with its fully computerized attack systems, terrain mapping radar, and digital all-weather navigation system. Ultimately, though, it was the men who mattered. Sherwood shows us the brash confidence of famous iconoclast Robin Olds, who does not hide his thrill of the hunt -- and the kill. Roger Sheets looked like Don Knotts but prepped his "Vulture Flight" of Marine A-6s with the simple, unequivocal line, "Gentlemen, let's go out and kill something." But Sherwood lets us know that it wasn't all glory, that pilots suffered fear just like other soldiers. Ed Rasimus later admitted he thought that an assignment to Thailand was "like getting diagnosed with terminal cancer: everyone is hoping the cure will come before you die." There were things worse than death, too. Fast Movers offers fascinating portraits -- based on Sherwood's interviews and just-declassified naval archives -- of Vietnam's POWs. Pilots lucky enough to suffer only broken bones and burns from the violence of 1960s-era Martin-Baker ejection seats struggled to find honorable ways to negotiate half-decade-long periods in captivity. Passive resistance, like Commander Jeremiah Denton's famous blinking of TORTURE in Morse Code, was sometimes successful, often brutally reprised. Escape was impossible. Those who avoided shootdown learned to live with other frustrations. Most wanted to "go downtown" (bomb Hanoi) but were foiled by their civilian superiors, who dictated the numbers and types of aircraft that could be used in a given strike, the kinds of ordnance that could be levied against a target, and even the flight paths that could be flown. Against all odds, the pilots spawned a culture of success in the midst of failure and frustration. Fast Movers captures a hidden and crucial story of America's least successful war.
The photos in this edition are black and white. First published in 1990, this book is a squadron-by-squadron history of the "Last Gunfighter," Vought's F-8 Crusader.
Author: Steve Ginter
Publisher: Naval Fighters
The photos in this edition are black and white. First published in 1990, this book is a squadron-by-squadron history of the "Last Gunfighter," Vought's F-8 Crusader. It covers the 69 Navy units that flew the "MiG Master" including squadron patches with additional pages on operating the Crusader in Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, F-8 squadrons deployed 59 times from carrier decks off Vietnam and were responsible for downing 16 MiG-17s, two MiG-21s, plus two probable MiG-17s. This is an excellent account of a true warrior. "When your out of F-8's your out of fighters." Over 600 photos.
Until the appearance of the F - 14A Tomcat in 1973 , the F8U - 1 ( F - 8A )
Crusader was the ' last of the gunfighters ' , probably the finest pure fighter of the
jet age and the Navy ' s first aircraft capable of more than 1 , 000 mph . It was also
Author: Martin W. Bowman
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
This book is a pictorial account of the changing role of US naval aircraft since the end of World War II, from protector of the United States forces and symbol of American power throughout the world to international avenger and peacekeeper. Focusing on the aircraft and the personnel who fly and service them, the book features a range of different aircraft types. This text contains more than 200 photos from official US Navy archives and private collections, many of which are previously unpublished.
... 8A ) Crusader was the ' last of the gunfighters ' It was probably the finest pure
fighter of the jet age and the Navy ' s first aircraft capable of more than 1 , 000
mph . It was also the world ' s first variable - incidence ( to eliminate an
Author: Martin W. Bowman
Voodoo, Starfighter, Thunderchief -- emotive names for a new generation of fighters that trebled the speeds at which air combat was previously fought. This was the age in which speed won air battles and when many of the most beautiful airplanes ever designed could be seen flashing across the sky. This book captures the spirit of that era and brings together rare and dramatic color photography from a period when air-speed and altitude records were shattered nearly every month.
KEYNOTE: * A highly-illustrated study of the 30-year career of the US Navy's first supersonic aircraft, the Vought F-8 Crusader When it built the Crusader, the US Navy's first supersonic aircraft, Vought repeated the success it had had with ...
Author: Gerard Paloque
Publisher: Histoire Et Collections
When it built the Crusader, the US Navys first supersonic aircraft, Vought repeated the success it had had with the legendary WWII fighter, the F4U Corsair. 1250 examples were built. This fighter with its unusual variable incidence wing, made its maiden flight in March 1955 and equipped more than seventy Navy and Marine Corps squadrons during its thirty year career.
From 1962 on , following the rationalization of US military designations , the
Crusader became the F - 8 and the ... The weapons system retained the original
four 20 - mm cannons - which , with the advent of the F - 4 , earned the plane the
nickname of “ The Last of the Gunfighters . ... These were actually the last
operational Crusaders , though they were withdrawn from service only in
December 1999 .
Author: Riccardo Niccoli
Publisher: White Star Publishers
Looks at the history of flight, covering the technical characteristics, development, operating histories, and successes of various types of aircraft.
The last of the gunfighters , " the Vought F8U Crusader , became operational in
1957 as a limited all - weather fighter that improved in aircraft performance and
weapons - system capability with each succeeding version over the next decade
Author: Gerald Gerrard O'Rourke
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
This landmark contribution describes in detail the development and training of Navy night fighters after World War II, their deployment to Korea, and their nightly encounters with MiGs and monsoon weather. Of particular interest are O'Rourke's rousing descriptions of his own encounters with enemy MiGs where it becomes clear that in his desperate fight for survival, he learned to use the night as his ally.
Crusaders. The North Vietnamese had few experienced pilots, and they
generally refrained from attacking. Most U.S. Air Force and ... Often referred to as
“the last of the gunfighters,” the F-8was armed with four internal 20mm cannon
and four ...
Author: Lon O. Nordeen
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press
Lon O. Nordeen has completely updated his 1985 chronicle of military aviation's evolving role in warfare, now covering the major conflicts of the past four decades. He presents the historical and political background of each conflict and includes in-depth discussions of the aircraft, weapons, tactics, training, new systems, and other factors that influenced the outcome of each war. New and existing chapters have been enhanced with information based on recently declassified material—especially regarding Vietnam—and new sources in Egypt, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. As “smart” bombs have become more successful in reducing the risks for pilots and frontline troops, air-missile warfare has become the central player in military conflicts. Air Warfare in the Missile Age, Second Edition, is a valuable resource for understanding the evolution of modern air warfare.
The most common version in combat during 1971 - 72 was the F - 4J , which was
capable of Mach Two . F - 8 “ Last of the Gunfighters ” is how Crusader pilots
described their beloved Vought fighter . Armed with four 20mm cannon - 152-
Author: Randy Cunningham
Publisher: Champlin Fighter Museum Press
For the fans of the increasingly popular category of Vietnam nonfiction comes a fighter pilot's bird's-eye view of air combat. Navy flyer Cunningham takes the reader on a heart-stopping flight of daring and strategy, portraying the Navy's air war over Vietnam.