F-8U Crusader

Crew Chief: Jim Mattison

This aircraft is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida.

F-8U Crusader
F-8U Crusader
F-8U Crusader
F-8U Crusader
The F-8U Crusader on the field at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

F-8U Crusader Specifications

Country of Origin: USA
B/N or Serial Number: 146995
Type: Carrier Based
Accommodation: Pilot seated on an ejector seat.
Armament (fixed): Four Colt-Browning M39 20mm cannons with 144 rounds per gun in the forward fuselage.
Armament (disposable): This is carried on the fuselage sides (four AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles or eight 127mm (5 in) rockets) and on two underwing hardpoints, up to a maximum weight of 2,268kg (5,000lb); typical underwing loads are two Mk 84 907kg (2,000lb) bombs, or two Mk 83 454kg (1,000lb) bombs, or four Mk82 227kg (500lb) bombs, or 12 Mk 81 113kg (250lb) bombs, or 24 127mm (Sin) rockets; the French F-8E(FN) version carries two Matra R.530 air-to-air missiles on the sides of the fuselage.
Electronics and operational equipment: Communication and navigation equipment, plus AN/APQ-94 search and fire-control radar and other systems.
Powerplant and fuel system: One 8,165kg (18,000lb) afterburning thrust Pratt & Whitney J57-P20 turbojet.
Performance: Maximum speed 1,827km/h (1,135mph) or Mach 1.72 at 10,970m (36,000ft); cruising speed 901km/h (560mph) at 12,390m (40,000 ft); initial climb rate about 6,400m (21,000ft) per minute; service ceiling 17,680m (58,000ft); range 966km (600-mile) combat radius.
Weights: Normal take-off 12,700kg (28,000 lb); maximum take-off 15,420kg (34,000 lb).
Dimensions: Span 10.87m (35 ft 8in)
length 16.61 m (54 ft 6in)
height 4.80m (15 ft 9 in)
wing area 32.52m2 (350 sq ft).

F-8U Crusader History

Pacific Coast Air Museum's F-8C Vought Crusader was the “plane in the park” on 19th Ave in San Francisco for 20 years.

After service time with the Navy and Marines, the plane was retired as a “playground toy.” After 20 years, the city of San Francisco wanted to remove the plane due to its bad condition and lead-base paint. It was an eyesore to the neighborhood as it was covered with graffiti.

Pacific Coast Air Museum's recovery team went to San Francisco, dismantled the aircraft and brought it back to Sonoma county in 1993.

This aircraft has been undergoing external restoration, with all paint removed and surfaces restored. Parts were recovered from “the bone yard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force base, for this exterior restoration.

During the Pacific Coast Air Museum Open House in 1994, the F-8C rolled on its wheels for the first time in 20 years. Many people at the airport came out to watch it roll down the taxi way.

Today, the static restoration of the Crusader has been completed and the F-8C sits proudly on display along with Pacific Coast Air Museum's other historic aircraft.

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