Vought F-8E Crusader – NF201, VF-53 Iron Angels, US Navy, USS Hancock, Vietnam, 1967 (Flaps Down)Add to compare
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Century Wings 1/72 scale CW001639: Vought F-8E Crusader NF201 of VF-53 Iron Angels, US Navy, USS Hancock, Vietnam, 1967. Limited Edition of 500 Pieces. This is the flaps down version.
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 5.75 inches
US Navy Fighter Squadron 53 (VF-53) Iron Angels was the new designation given to Fighter Squadron 141 (VF-141) on February 4th, 1953. It traded its F3H Demons for F-8 Crusaders that same year. The squadron deployed to Vietnam three times aboard the USS Ticonderoga between January 1963 and May 1966. It then deployed to Vietnam once more In January 1967 aboard the USS Hancock, returning the US in July 1967. The Iron Angels deployed to Vietnam with their Crusaders three more times aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard from January 1968 to November 1970. Shortly after its return, the squadron was disestablished on January 29th, 1971.
Designed to meet a USN requirement for a supersonic air-superiority fighter, the Chance-Vought F-8 (originally F8U) was first flown on March 25th, 1955. The F-8 was the last American fighter to use guns as a primary weapon. Its powerplant was nearly identical to the one used by the F-100 Super Sabre, and it was the world’s first carrier-based aircraft to break the speed of sound. The US Navy used the Crusader in a traditional dogfighting interceptor role, while the Marines operated it as a strike/attack aircraft. Both flew the F-8 during the Vietnam War and it remained in service for more than four decades.