Crusader Crusader



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

ISBN: 0887407668

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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!

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... Years of Precision Flight Nov - Dec 38 Cats Over the Atlantic : VPB - 73 in
World War II Jan - Feb 48 City at Sea Jul - Aug 52 Crusader ! Last of the
Gunfighters Jan - Feb 47 Fantail Fighters Jan - Feb 48 Fly Past , Fly Present : A
Celebration of Carrier Airborne ... crash , HMM - 266 Jul - Aug 8 delivered Jan -
Feb 2 USMC upgrade Jan - Feb 3 A - 6 , last deployment Sep - Oct 5 A - 6E ,
crash , VA - 115 Jul ...

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F 8 Crusader Units of the Vietnam WarF 8 Crusader Units of the Vietnam War



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

ISBN: 9781782006527

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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.

Unforgotten in the Gulf of TonkinUnforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin



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

ISBN: 9781640121911

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Page: 256

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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.

Fast MoversFast Movers



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

ISBN: 9780743206365

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Page: 288

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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.

Vought s F 8 CrusaderVought s F 8 Crusader



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

ISBN: 0942612191

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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.

No Kids No Money and a ChevyNo Kids No Money and a Chevy



The Grumman F - 14 Story ; CRUSADER ! Last of the Gunfighters ; Feet Wet :
Reflections of a Carrier Pilot ; Vulture ' s Row ; Cobra and An Nasher , The Asp .
Paul was inducted into the Chaminade Alumni Hall of Fame on March 21 , 2002 .

Author: Chuck Mansfield

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1413401244

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PRAISE FOR CHUCK MANSFIELD´S NO KIDS, NO MONEY AND A CHEVY A Politically Incorrect Memoir A New Book by a Former Marine and Vietnam War Veteran Of Chuck Mansfield´s No Kids, No Money and a Chevy award-winning novelist and essayist Cynthia Ozick writes, "Chuck Mansfield is a first-rate writer of wit, charm, and passion, who applies a clarifying integrity to whatever subject his fine mind alights on. Having been schooled in excellence, he holds it as his lifelong standard; and he is, besides, an embodiment of everything that is meant by the term American Hero - courtly, brave, generous, and in love with family, faith, and country. To read his memoir is to rejoice in the warm presence of human devotion and intellect." New York literary agency executive Jack Scovil calls No Kids, No Money and a Chevy "a fascinating read." He writes, Mansfield "come(s) through clearly as a very remarkable man who commits to life and the task before him with passion and dedication and integrity. Chaminade (High School)´s reaction to the WTC tragedy (indeed the ethos of the whole Chaminade experience) was especially moving, and individual tributes to some of (Mansfield´s) fellow Marines quite affecting and inspiring . Some of (his) viewpoints and assessments couldn´t be more timely; (his) critique of business practices fits right in with what we´re learning about the frauds at Enron and Global Crossing and (his) judgments of some societal trends are also in keeping with the climate of public opinion that has produced the current successes of O´Reilly and Buchanan. (His) litany of facts about the Vietnam War deserves to be widely circulated." Retired English professor and writer Robert P. Meikle writes that "everything in this book is the unfiltered (Mansfield): the impeccable use of language, the meticulous attention to detail, the total recall of dates Some are more successful than others when it comes to taking a really honest look at themselves. The trick is to translate that self-awareness onto the written page. It is that translation that (Mansfield does) so successfully. This is a guy who not only has had a good life, but who APPRECIATES all that he has had in (it), especially when it comes to family and friends. That's an important distinction for that unknown reader to pick up on." New York attorney Paul G. Burns has written, "(Mansfield's) work shares a problem common to each and every book that I totally and thoroughly enjoyed reading: it had a last page. an outstanding read!!" Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist, USN (Ret.), former Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), aircraft carrier fighter pilot and author, says "I was enormously impressed " The Vietnam Era' section in Mansfield´s book, fully a third of the work, "represents the kind of personal history that needs to be told about all wars but about Vietnam particularly." According to P. Henry Mueller, retired Citigroup executive, author and Marine veteran of World War II, "A page-turner," No Kids, No Money and a Chevy "is hard to put down . The Vietnam portion is in the excellent style of Michener´s Tales of the South Pacific. The character descriptions throughout the book are well done." The book is "packed with interest, and (the) politically incorrect' views add an important and refreshing edge. Not only that, (Mansfield) present(s) (his) views in an instructive way." CEO and business owner Donald J. Steinert says, "I was most impressed with the way I am able to relate to your book as a former Marine Vietnam veteran." Please visit www.chuck-mansfield.com or contact Chuck Mansfield at (516) 741-1443 or [email protected] Thank you. A SUMMARY OF CHUCK MANSFIELD´S NO KIDS, NO MONEY AND A CHEVY A Politically Incorrect Memoir A New Book by a Former Marine and Vietnam War Vete

U S Naval Aviation in Camera 1946 1999U S Naval Aviation in Camera 1946 1999



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
the ...

Author: Martin W. Bowman

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025188405

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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.

Fast Jet Fighters 1948 1978Fast Jet Fighters 1948 1978



... 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
exaggerated ...

Author: Martin W. Bowman

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105111611294

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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.

Air PictorialAir Pictorial



Last of the Gunfighters Over 35 years after receiving its first plans to fly the type
into the next LTV F - 8E ( FN ) , later ... the last operastandard , the Aéronavale
retired its last tional deployment of the Crusader takCrusader in December 1999.

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Vought F 8 CrusaderVought F 8 Crusader



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

ISBN: 2352501857

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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.

History of FlightHistory of Flight



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

ISBN: UOM:39015067709108

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Looks at the history of flight, covering the technical characteristics, development, operating histories, and successes of various types of aircraft.

Night Fighters Over KoreaNight Fighters Over Korea



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
or ...

Author: Gerald Gerrard O'Rourke

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: UOM:39015046890599

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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.

Air Warfare in the Missile AgeAir Warfare in the Missile Age



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

ISBN: 9781588342829

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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.

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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

ISBN: STANFORD:36105081536042

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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.