Titles: Chance Vought F-8 Crusader No’s 1 to 3

The F8U was designed to a US Navy 1952 specification for a carrier-based supersonic air-superiority fighter and first flew in 1955. Production deliveries began in 1957 which represented a remarkably short development time for what was a considerable increase in performance over it’s predecessors.

The aircrafts most distinctive feature is the variable incidence wing which is raised to reduce fuselage angle-of-attack and improve pilot visibility during carrier landings. The aircraft remained in production for 8 years, the final version being the F-8E(FN) for the French Navy, delivered in 1965. Earlier versions were subsequently re-built with strengthened airframes and blown flaps, and remained in service until the 1980’s.

A considerably re-designed version, enlarged with a much more powerful engine, was developed to compete with the McDonnell F-4. While this aircraft exhibited remarkable performance, it was a pure interceptor while the two-seat F-4 was developed as a fighter-bomber, and as this suited the Navy better at the time, the F8U-3 did not procede past the prototype stage.

We offer three titles for the F-8 Crusader, covering several models including the experimental F8U-3. Each title costs US$9.95. Each file has been scanned from the original flight manuals and retains any colour pages.

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Title 1 contains:

  • US Navy Flight Handbook for the F8U-1, NAVAER 01-45HHA-1 dated 1-9-58 revised to 15-2-59, with approx 164 pages.
  • US Navy Flight Handbook for the F8U-2, NAVAER 01-45HHC-1 dated 1-11-58 revised to 15-2-59, with approx 146 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • US Navy Flight Handbook for the F8U-1P, NAVAER 01-45HHB-1 dated 15-9-58 revised to 15-2-59, with approx 170 pages.
  • US Navy NATOPS Flight Manual for the F-8H (re-built F-8D) and F-8J (re-built F-8E), NAVAIR 01-45HHE-1 dated 1-5-74, with approx 697 pages.

Title 3 contains:

  • US Navy NATOPS Flight Manual for the F-8E(FN), FN 01-45HHD-1 dated 1-8-64 revised to 1-1-71, with approx 289 pages. This is the manual used by the French Aeronavale.
  • Chance Vought Manufacturers “Flight Guide for Navy Model F8U-3 Bu No 147085, Report E8R-11546 dated 14-11-58, with approx 160 pages. This report was originally classified Confidential.