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Vought F8U-3 Crusader III (1958)

Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation

Silent | 1958

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  •  Taxiing begins 
  •  Takeoff 
  •  A different plane takes off from an aircraft carrier. The military tail code, “RM,” indicates the plane belongs to Cherry Point in North Carolina.  
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This film captures the taxi and take off of the Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III. The aircraft was based on the successful Vought F8U-1 Crusader, but with a larger engine and vertical ventral fins. It was built as part of a competition by the United States Navy to manufacture a new defense interceptor. While the Crusader offered an advantage in maneuverability to its main competitor, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the Phantom ultimately won. Vought subsequently canceled the F8U-3 program and sold the five aircraft it built to NASA for atmospheric tests. All of the Crusader planes were later scrapped. This film was likely shot in 1958 at the Vought facility in Grand Prairie. Chance Vought and Birdseye Lewis began Lewis and Vought Corporation in 1917, which became Ling-Temco-Vought in 1962. It is currently known as Vought Aircraft Industries, with headquarters in Dallas.