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. This is a well done 43 minute documentary for the TV show SeaWings. Worth your time.

Carrier launch and recovery of several F-8's. Shaky video but still shows the skills needed to fly the F-8 - particularly at low speeds.


In September 1952 the Navy issued specifications for a new carrier-based fighter with the capability to exceed the speed of sound in routine level flight.... Click on website to see whole story.

AND... this museum is GREAT! If you are close to Pensacola, it's worth the trip to the Naval Air Station where it is located. VF-62 personnel get in free! OK, everyone gets in free but it sounded good!

An antimated docudrama on the attack of Hanoi May 19, 1967 with personal commentary by some of the F-8 Pilots flying the mission as they go against the Mig-17's.

Photos of F-8's from many squadrons.

If you know of a link that should be on this page, let us know and we will put it in!

Take a look at this Blue Angels video that shows the cockpit view and the pilots reactions as they pull off their incredible aerial maneuvers. The Blue Angels pilots are the best Naval and Marine Aviators out there and they prove it every time they perform at an air show.

The Gunfighter's Site

The F-8 Crusader was the last US. fighter designed with guns as its primary weapon. U.S. fighter aircraft are once again being fitted with guns, largely due to the Vietman airwar experience. Missile-only aircraft were at a distinct disadvantage in the environment many thought passé --- the dogfight. The Crusader with its guns, and Crusader drivers well versed in dogfighting, led to a resurgence in gun-equipped aircraft, and a renewed emphasis in ACM - Air Combat Maneuvering.

Landing on a pitching aircraft carrier deck is described by one pilot as “a moment of sheer terror” after which he just wants to find a quiet place to have an aneurysm and call it a day. These scenes from the PBS series “Carrier” show just how cool, calm, and professional Naval and Marine Corps Aviators are as they land on a pitching carrier deck at night. If they come in to low they run the risk of crashing into the carrier. Come in to high and they might miss catching a cable and have to wave off the landing.

I spoke to a Gary Clark out of Pa. He is the President of  the USS Shangri-La CVA 38 Reunion Association. Nice guy and really focused on their association.  I mentioned I had found their website and  noted the annual reunion of CVA 38 folks from ship’s company and  Squadrons. He mentioned last year’s was in San Antonio.  This years is in Charleston and is last week in May 2015.

He mentioned they are about 2 weeks from publishing an agenda.  He also mentioned that people can stay for as long as they want for the scheduled events.  He did mention there are events every day and evening.

I mentioned your VF62 Website and how I thought it was very well done.  I  gave him info and suggested he contact you and you and he at least exchange info and stories etc. He will probably pass on to his website guy..

As soon as I get the agenda will send on to you

JK - Jerry Kerr

Gary Clark  814 587 2122


Note from Hoot - Webmeister - The worst seas I saw was on the Indepencence in the North Atlantic - we were getting waves washing down he flight deck. Sat in the cockpit of a firmly chained down A3 with the windshield wipers on watching Mother Nature at work!

Very Touching POW & Veterans Tribute! -by TONY ORLANDO

Singer Tony Orlando tells an entertaining story about how Bob Hope talked him into singing “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for a POW welcome home ceremony. Tony told this story in October of 2014, while visiting the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum..

Tony Orlando Donates Gold Record for "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" to the Nixon Library

Skip to 26 minutes and 28 seconds to hear Captain Charlie Plumb's -  story of captivity (for 2,103 days) - Then go back and hear the whole presentation.

July 4, 2013: Tony Orlando gives his Gold Record for "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" to three 'NAM POWs who accept the honor on behalf of the Foundation. He also performs the 1973 hit song, and other Gold Record singles and fan favorites.

A related story for Captain Charlie Plumb: Parachute Packer Story a good lesson for life.

“Angle of Attack” is a short film looking at a day of carrier landing qualifications by Navy and Marine Corps pilots going through flight school.

Great link to stories about the Shang that should be shared. Includes "Oiling the beach in Cannes and the collision with the USS Perry:  Click Here

There were two VF-62 Squadrons. The first VF-62 started on July 28th, 1948 and on July 1st, 1955 VF-62 became VA-106. They were the "Gladiators" with the Banshee, Cougar and then the A4 Skyhawk. The second VF-62 started on July 1st, 1955 and were called the "Boomerangs" or "Boomers". They started with the FJ-3 Fury and on March 1st, 1960, they received the F8U-1 Vought Crusader.

The two squadrons are not the same, they had different Commanding Officers, different crews and flew different air-craft. If you served from July 1st, 1955 or after, you are a Boomerang (Boomer) not a Gladiator.

VA-106 did deploy with VF-62 Boomers and VFP-62 photo Squadron on the Shang.

I want to thank you for contacting us, we will forward any VF-62 Boomers that may contact us with your information.

Interim Commanding Officer VA-106/VF-62

Walter Hulse VA-106 67-69

www.va106vf62.org (Web-Site)

See Full story here:  http://www.va106vf62.org/gladiator_website_002.htm

Will the real VF-62 Stand Up! There has been some confusion about if and why there were two VF-62's. I received this email from Walter Hulse, Interim Commanding Officer of VA-106/VF-62 that clears that up: