The Gunfighter's Site
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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.

We had the choice of guns or missiles. Note open gun vent doors as the guns fire.
Jerry Pearson, VF-24 (USS Hancock, Gulf of Tonkin, circa 1969) courtesy Chip Harris

    flag Dedicated to all F-8 pilots - "The Last of the Gunfighters"

    flag In Memory of those who took their Final Flight in an F-8

    flag Honoring those who earned the F-8's nickname, "the MiG Master"

Crusader Association Information
100 Years of Naval Aviation/Crusader Display 
Crusader Ready Room on Midway
A Brief History of the Chance-Vought F8U Crusader
The F8U-3 -- the "Super Crusader"
A Few Crusader Photos
The Gunfighter Maintainers Page
Crusader Art featuring Bill Northup; also Mike Karaffa and Allan Miranda
Here Are The MiG Masters
Records Set by the Crusader
RF-8's - The Photo Birds
Marine Corps Crusaders
French Navy Crusaders
Crusader Squadron Pages
  Crusader Squadron Reunions
Crusaders in Museums, As Gateguards, and Hulks
Gunfighter News & Notes
Recommended Reading
Guide to Navy Pilot's Lingo  -- Courtesy of F-8 driver  H.P. Lillebo
Add Me To The F-8 Pilots Database
The GEEDUNK Cool F-8 Stuff & Other Less Important Things
The Miottel Collection -- F-8's, old ships, and more!
Huge flying Crusader Model being developed. Details here!
Naval Helo Assn Page. Maybe you can find the guy who picked you up...
"Able Dogs" [Spad] Page (USN)
Spad Page (USAF); ResCap Guys.
'Nam Era POW site. Courage, Honor, and Strength found here.
A-4 Skyhawk Association Page
Tailhook Association
National Museum of Naval Aviation
"Challenge Air" website - Rick Amber's Legacy
Last Charlies
Stop Here Before You Leave.......


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