Vought XF8U-1 Crusader
 BuNo 138899

XF8U-1 Crusader

The Museum's Crusader is the Prototype airplane, BuNo 138899.  After being completed at the Vought factory near Dallas, it was trucked to Edwards Air Force Base where it made its first flight March 25, 1955.  Test Pilot John Konrad took the airplane supersonic on this flight, the first time it had ever been done with any fighter on its maiden flight.


'899' made 509 flights during five years of flight testing, after which it was donated to the Smithsonian NASM in 1960.  After being stored at the Silver Hill, MD restoration facility for a number of years, and a few other intermediate stops, the airplane was moved to the Museum of Flight's Restoration Center in Everett, Washington, where it is currently under restoration.

Museum of Flight Restoration Center - Everett, Washington



The work that  Craig Wall has done on the cockpit is nothing short of amazing.Craig gets 99% of the credit for doing a fantastic job on the painting, wind screen installation, all the chassis installations and the sheet metal work.  Photos by Jim Goodall.


F8 Crusader Organization - "The Gunfighter" - all things 'Sader

Joe Baugher's Excellent History

Museum of Flight Description

Smithsonian NASM Description

Early Operational Images are Vought Photos via Steve & Corine Galeener

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