the naval version is out now. can anyone offer any info as to how
different other variants may be? I've always bought the Trumpeter
1/32 kits when they first come out and then wonder how different the
other versions really are and if I should have waited or not.
My only knowledge of the Crusader is from the movie Thirteen Days, yes
a novice in every way. From what I have read, the Navy version was
the primary version
Santa needs to know !
thx - Craig
F8U-1/F-8A: Initial production version with smaller nose, no belly strakes,
no bulge on the port side of the fuselage for the refuelling probe bay.
Bulges were later retrofitted.
F8U-1P/RF-8A: First photo recon version, made famous by John Glenn's
"Project Bullet" transcontinental supersonic flight.
F8U-1E/F-8B: Added refuelling probe/bulged bay.
F8U-2/F-8C: Added belly strakes and underwing stores.
F8U-2N/F-8D: Improved F-8C.
F-8E: New nosecone for bigger radar. Also built as the F-8E(FN) for the
French Navy, with some hardware differences.
RF-8G: Remanufactured RF-1A with many of the later model's improvements.
F-8H: Remanufactured F-8D with A-7 Corsair II landing gear, F-8E nose and
other upgrades. Some exported to the Philippine Air Force.
F-8J: Remanufactured F-8E.
F-8K: Remanufactured F-8C.
F-8L: Remanufactured F-8B.
F-8C NASA version: Rebuilt with alternate wings to test new aerodynamic
F8U-1T/TF-8A: One-off tandem-seater trainer.
F8U-3: One-off enlargened redesign, built to compete with the F4H Phantom
Stephen "FPilot" Bierce/IPMS #35922
I knew a retired Tomcat driver down at NAS Kingsville that like to say
that he "survived" flying F-8s...that's about all I know about them...I
didn't know they were used other than for Naval service.
Here's someone that has them: