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Distinctive in appearance, the F-8 Crusader, known as the "Last of the Gunfighters", was one of the US Navy's first supersonic, carrier based fighter aircraft. Entering service in 1957, the F-­‐=8 was the last US fighter designed with guns as a primary weapon. Eventually equipped with Sidewinder missiles, Crusader excelled in dogfights with Vietnamese MIGs and was referred to as the "MIG Master."

Craft Stats

Type Single-­seat, Carrier-­capable fighter and fighter-­bomber
Bureau Number 146939
NMNA ID 2005.072.001
Manufacturer Vought
Powerplant One 80.07-­‐kN (18,016-­‐lb-­‐thrust) Pratt & Whitney J57-­‐P-­‐20A after-burning turbojet engine
Maximum speed 1802 km/h (1120 mph) at 12,192 m (40,000 ft)
Climb rate 6 min 30 sec to 17,375 m (57,000 ft)
Range 1660 km (1031 miles)
Service Ceiling 17,983 m (59,000 ft)
Weights Empty 9038 kg (19,925 lb) Maximum take-­‐off 12,474 kg (27,500 lb)
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 missiles
Dimensions Span 10.87 m (35 ft 8 in) Length 16.61 m (54 ft 6 in) Height 4.80 m (15 ft 9 in) Wing Area 34.84 m2 (375 sq ft)
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