F8 Crusader Association

F8 Crusader firing its 20mm guns

LACB-29 Planning Underway

LACB-29 you say? Yes, it's time to suit up and take some serious action getting ready for LACB-29. The dates are already set, so mark them on your calendars: May 4-6, 2017. The venue is the same as for LACB-28, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina in San Diego.

Remember that great penthouse we had for a ready room that overlooked San Diego? Well, we have it again! The contract is signed, so it's time to start engines. Fortunately, the magical Mary Buonaguidi has agreed to once again be our event planner for LACB-29, so that's nailed down.

But we need your help. We had a fantastic team for LACB-28, but they are exhausted. (They also worked LACB-27.) Most will continue to serve on the committee, but for various reasons they need to throttle back. We need some new "Crusader" energy to make this one another great one.

Many tasks can be done remotely while others require a presence in San Diego. A lot of tasks involve planning and getting things ready to go; others focus on making it happen at the reunion. Call or email a committee member you might know (listed on the LACB-29 Home Page), talk it over, decide what might work for you and take the plunge. We need some of that time-honored, I-can-do-that fighter pilot attitude.

The Gunfighters

The F-8 Crusader was the last U.S. fighter designed with guns as its primary weapon. U.S. fighter aircraft are once again being fitted with guns, largely due to the Vietnam airwar experience. Missile-only aircraft were at a distinct disadvantage in the environment many thought passé --- the dogfight. The Crusader with its guns, and Crusader drivers well versed in dogfighting, led to a resurgence in gun-equipped aircraft, and a renewed emphasis in ACM -- Air Combat Maneuvering.

The F-8 Crusader Association was formed to ensure we continue the long tradition of annual get-togethers and to renew the bonds which tie those who flew that magnificent fighter aircraft. The association is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to provide a real-time organization to keep track of and facilitate communications between those in our Crusader family.

In addition, the association collects and archives stories and photos from those who flew the bird. Our goal is to make this treasure accessible.