When you’re out of F-8s

You’re out of fighters!

Three Crusaders assigned to Carrier Air Group 8 (CVG-8) fly over USS Forrestal (CVA-59), circa August 1962. From fore to back: an F8U-1P (soon-to-be RF-8A) of VFP-62 “Fighting Photos,” BuNo 146895, and two F8U-2’s (F-8C) of VF-103 “Sluggers,” BuNos 146932 and 145592. Official US Navy photo, from the ship’s photo lab, File No. CVA-59-22236-L-8-62.
Author Robert M. Cieri

Title: Eisenbarth Photograph Collection
Format: jpeg
Date: 1958
Description: An F8U-1 Crusader of Fighter Squadron (VF) 32 off the carrier Saratoga (CVA 60) pictured in flight, 1958.

August 1957, Miramar NAS

I have vague memories of Crusaders coming over our backyard in the early to mid 70s. They would depart NAS Dallas and head West. No idea of the altitude but it was high enough to clear the flight path for DFW. The Phantoms and Tomcats stick in my mind more because I was older and could readily ID them by that time.

FWIW regarding the first picture, my Great Uncle was on the Forrestal when it caught fire after a mishap on the deck. I never knew until it until a couple of years before his death so I never go to talk to him about it.


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