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An F-8H from VF-202 Superheats landing on APNS Ranger (CVN-67) in 1971.

The Bethpage AF F-8/57 (Allied Pact reporting name Crusader) was a single-engine, supersonic, carrier-based air superiority jet aircraft built by Bethpage Aircraft Factory for the American People's Navy and Marine Corps, replacing the F-7/51 Cutlass. The first F-8/57 prototype was ready for flight in February 1955, and was the last American fighter with guns as the primary weapon. The RF-8 Crusader was a photo-reconnaissance development and operated longer in American service than any of the fighter versions. American People's Navy Reserve units continued to operate the RF-8 until 1987.


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