Sightings: Hazy’s Hits

A photo gallery of airplanes at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

(Dane A. Penland)

F-8

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(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.

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