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Vought F8U-2 (F-8K) Crusader

By Htam

DSC_8293_fused.jpg@San Diego, CA

April 2014

Among the aircraft on display on board the USS Midway Museum is this Crusader on the forward catapult.  The Crusader was the last American fighter aircraft with guns as the primary weapon, earning it the title “The Last of the Gunfighters”.  Introduced in 1957, the type served until 1987 with the US Navy and as late as 1999 with the French Navy.  Visible here is the  innovative variable-incidence wing which articulated 7° out of the fuselage on takeoff and landing, creating a greater angle of attack to increase lift without compromising forward visibility.  Nikon D7000 w/18-200mm.

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