Footage of French Navy's F-8 Crusader initial carrier flights

For military aircraft fans. The Vought F-8 Crusader (originally F8U) was a single-engine, supersonic, carrier-based air superiority jet aircraft built by Vought for the United States Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps, replacing the Vought F7U Cutlass. After the Navy's disappointing experience with the
F7U, the F8U was referred to by some as "Vought's Last Chance." The first F-8 prototype was ready for flight in February 1955, and was the last American fighter with guns as the primary weapon, principally serving in the Vietnam War.

The French 'Aeronavale' ordered 42 F-8s in 1962. The first arrived in 1964 and they flew from the aircraft carriers Foch and Clemenceau till 2000, when they were replaced by the Rafale.

Not bad videography for its time. Couple of dodgy-looking recoveries.

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By: mtnmanx (6090.10)

Tags: f-8, crusader, french navy, french carrier, first flight

Location: France

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