Sightings: Hazy's Hits
A photo gallery of airplanes at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.
- By Michael Klesius
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 17, 2009
Dane A. Penland
Chance-Vought created the F-8 Crusader for the U.S. Navy beginning in 1955. The jet was the first carrier-based fighter able to exceed 1,000 miles an hour. Its low-speed handling characteristics and pilot visibility were improved by a main wing that could elevate up to seven degrees along its entire front edge while rotating about its rear spar. The museum’s model is an RF-8G, one of 73 reconnaissance versions made. Its 7,475.2 flight hours total more than any other U.S. Navy Crusader.