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.