Vought F8U-1 “Crusader”

On Loan from National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL

F8U1 Crusader Medium

The DVHAA’s F8U-1 is Bureau# 143806. This type of aircraft became the first jet aircraft to fly faster than 1,000mph. It played an active role during Vietnam. The aircraft began its service in December 1957 at NAS Alameda, CA and ended its career at NAS Willow Grove. Both Navy and Marine Reserve Fighter squadrons used this aircraft. The DVHAA acquired the aircraft in the 1970s and placed it on display.

Please contact the museum if you have any information, comments, or recollections of the F8U-1 Crusader.

Bureau #: 143806
Built: December 1957
Crew: 1
Passengers: 0
Retired: 1970's
Restored by: DVHAA
Restored: Pending
Length: 54' 3"
Height: 15' 9"
Wingspan: 35' 8"
Weight Empty: 17,836 lbs
Weight Loaded: 34,100 lbs
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J57-P20
Max Speed: 1,113 mph
Range: 1,425 miles
Manufacturer: Vought
4 - 20mm Colt MK-12 Cannons
4 - AIM-9 Sidewinder Missles
Ordnance: 5,000 lbs
Ceiling: 52,350 ft
Status: On Display