VOUGHT F8U CRUSADER

CRUSADER SERVICE

Manufacturer: Chance Vought Aircraft Inc., Dallas, Texas, USA
(In 1960, became Chance Vought Corp.)
(In 1961, became Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) Inc., Vought Aerospace Division)
(In 1965, became LTV Aerospace Corp., Vought Aeronautics Division)
Models: V-383, V-401
Designations: F8U; F-8
Names: Crusader; Crusader III (XF8U-3)
First official flight: (XF8U-1) 25/03/1955
Factory production period: 1954 - 1964
Primary service period: 1957 - 1972
Last official flight: (RF-8G) 29/03/1987

CRUSADER VARIANTS

1955 Model V-383 XF8U-1 2 Total: 0002
         
1955 Model V-383 F8U-1 318  
1958 Model V-383 F8U-1E 130  
1956 Model V-383 F8U-1P 144 Total: 0592
         
1958 Model V-383 F8U-2 187  
1960 Model V-383 F8U-2N 152  
1962 Model V-383 F8U-2NE 286  
1964 Model V-383 F-8E(FN) 42 Total: 0667
         
1958 Model V-401 XF8U-3 3 Total: 0003

Grand Total: 1264

CRUSADER PRODUCTION

XF8U-1
Prototype single-engined, shipborne,
jet-fighter.
Produced 1954 - 1955

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.138899, 138900 ? Total: 0002
1 additional airframe cancelled.

F8U-1
As XF8U-1, engine / armament upgrades.
2 later to NASA as 666, 810.
Produced 1955 - 1958

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.140444 / 140448 ?  
BuNo.141336 / 141362 ?  
BuNo.142408 / 142415 ?  
BuNo.143677 / 143821 ?  
BuNo.144427 / 144461 ?  
BuNo.145318 / 145415 ? Total: 0318
145 additional airframes cancelled.

F8U-1E
As F8U-1, limited all-weather version,
avionics upgrade.
Produced 1958 - 1960

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.145416 / 145545 ?

Total: 0130

F8U-1EP - Proposed photo reconn. version, cancelled.

F8U-1P
As F8U-1, photo reconn. version.
Development aircraft were YF8U-1P.
Produced 1956 - 1960

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.141363 ?  
BuNo.144607 / 144625 ?  
BuNo.145604 / 145647 ?  
BuNo.146822 / 146901 ? Total: 0144
11 additional airframes cancelled.

F8U-2
As F8U-1, engine upgrade, ventral fins.
Produced 1958 - 1960

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.145546 / 145603 ?  
BuNo.146906 / 147034 ? Total: 0187

F8U-2N
As F8U-2, engine / armament upgrade.
Development aircraft were YF8U-2N.
Produced 1960 - 1962

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.147035 / 147072 ?  
BuNo.147896 / 147925 ?  
BuNo.148627 / 148710 ? Total: 0152
5 additional airframes cancelled.

F8U-2NE
As F8U-2N, engine / armament upgrade.
Development aircraft were YF8U-2NE.
Produced 1962 - 1964

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.149134 / 149227 ?  
BuNo.150284 / 150355 ?  
BuNo.150654 / 150683 ?  
BuNo.150843 / 150932 ? Total: 0286

F-8E(FN)
As F8U-2NE, version for French Navy.
Also designated as F-8F.
Produced 1964

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

BuNo.151732 / 151773 ?

Total: 0042

2 additional airframes cancelled.

XF8U-3 Crusader III
As F8U-2, fuselage / engine / armament
upgrade, minor changes. All later to
NASA as 225 / 227.
Produced 1957 - 1958

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.146340, 146341 ?  
BuNo.147085 ? Total: 0003
BuNo. 147086 almost complete.
1 additional airframe cancelled.
13 service test airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 1264

CRUSADER CONVERSIONS

US Navy

YF8U-1 1 F8U-1, conversion for development tests.
YF8U-1E 1 F8U-1(145318), 1958, prototype for the F8U-1E.
F8U-1D 1+ F8U-1, drone director conversions.
F8U-1KD 1+ F8U-1, target drone conversions.
YF8U-2 2 F8U-1(140447, 140448), 1957, F8U-2 prototypes with engine upgrade.
XF8U-2NE 1 F8U-1(143710), 1961, prototype for the F8U-2NE.
(XF8U-1T) 1 XF8U-2NE, 1962, 2-seater trainer, engine upgrade, 20mm cannon.
Later redesignated as the F8U-1T.
12 production F8U-1T aircraft cancelled.

US Navy (1962 redesignations)

XF-8A 2 1962, redesignation of the XF8U-1.
YF-8A 1 1962, redesignation of the YF8U-1.
F-8A 318 1962, redesignation of the F8U-1.
(DF-8F) 11+ F-8A, drone director conversions.
DF-8A 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F8U-1D.
QF-8A 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F8U-1KD.
YRF-8A 1+ 1962, redesignation of the YF8U-1P.
RF-8A 144 1962, redesignation of the F8U-1P.
TF-8A 1 1962, redesignation of the F8U-1T.
(NTF-8A) 1 TF-8A, test-bed conversion for NASA.
YF-8B 1 1962, redesignation of the YF8U-1E.
F-8B 130 1962, redesignation of the F8U-1E.
YF-8C 2 1962, redesignation of the YF8U-2.
F-8C 187 1962, redesignation of the F8U-2.
YF-8D 1+ 1962, redesignation of the YF8U-2N.
F-8D 152 1962, redesignation of the F8U-2N.
(NF-8D) 1 F-8D, permanent conversion for tests.
YF-8E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the YF8U-2NE.
F-8E 286 1962, redesignation of the F8U-2NE.
F-8 Crusader airframes remanufactured, 1965-1970, as:
RF-8G 73 RF-8A, 1965, strengthened airframe, engine / equipment upgrade.
Remanufactured by LTV Aerospace Corp., Texas.
F-8H 89 F-8D, 1967, strengthened airframe, minor changes.
Remanufactured by LTV Aerospace Corp., Texas.
F-8J 136 F-8E, 1967, strengthened airframe, minor changes.
Remanufactured by LTV Aerospace Corp., Texas.
F-8K 87 F-8C, 1967, strengthened airframe, minor changes.
Remanufactured by LTV Aerospace Corp., Texas.
F-8L 61 F-8B, 1977, strengthened airframe, minor changes.
Remanufactured by LTV Aerospace Corp., Texas.
F-8M - F-8A, proposed conversions, cancelled.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - F-8's in service with the air forces of France and The Philippines.

VOUGHT (LTV) A-7 CORSAIR II

A-7 SERVICE

Manufacturer: LTV Aerospace Corp., Vought Aeronautics Division, Dallas, Texas, USA
(In 1971, became LTV Corp., Vought Aeronautics)
(In 1976, became Vought Corp.)
(In 1983, became LTV Aerospace and Defense Co., Vought Aero Products Division)
Models: V-463, V-519
Designation: A-7
Name: Corsair II
First official flight: (YA-7A) 27/09/1965
Factory production period: 1965 - 1984
Primary service period: 1967 - 1987
Last official flight: (A-7E) 11/1994

A-7 VARIANTS

1965 Model V-463 YA-7A 3 Total: 0003
         
1966 Model V-463 A-7A 196  
1968 Model V-463 A-7B 196  
1968 Model V-463 A-4C 67 Total: 0459
         
1968 Model V-463 YA-7D 5  
1968 Model V-463 A-7D 454 Total: 0459
         
1968 Model V-463 A-7E 551  
1975 Model V-463 A-7H 60  
1978 Model V-463 TA-7H 5 Total: 0616
         
1980 Model V-463 A-7K 30 Total: 0030

Grand Total: 1567

A-7 PRODUCTION

YA-7A
Prototype single-engined, attack aircraft
for USN based on the F-8 Crusader,
modified fuselage and wings.
Produced 1965 - 1966

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

BuNo.152580 / 152582 ?

Total: 0003

A-7A
As YA-7A, armament upgrade.
Produced 1966 - 1967

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

BuNo.152647 / 152685 ?  
BuNo.153134 / 153273 ?  
BuNo.154344 / 154360 ? Total: 0196
17 additional airframes cancelled.

A-7B
As A-7A, engine upgrades.
Produced 1967 - 1969

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

BuNo.154361 / 154556 ?

Total: 0196

257 additional airframes cancelled.

A-7C
As A-7B, avionics upgrade.
Produced 1968 - 1969

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

BuNo.156734 / 156800 ?

Total: 0067

YA-7D
As A-7C, prototype USAF version.
Produced 1968

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

67-14582 / 67-14586 D-001 / 005

Total: 0005

A-7D
As YA-7D, engine upgrade, minor changes.
Produced 1968 - 1975

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

68-8220 / 68-8231 D-006 / 017  
69-6188 / 69-6244 D-018 / 074  
70-0929 / 70-1056 D-075 / 202  
71-0292 / 71-0379 D-203 / 290  
72-0169 / 72-0265 D-291 / 387  
73-0992 / 73-1015 D-388 / 411  
74-1737 / 74-1760 D-412 / 435  
75-0386 / 75-0409 D-436 / 459 Total: 0454
154 additional airframes cancelled.

A-7E
As A-7C, engine upgrade.
Produced 1968 - 1983

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

BuNo.156801 / 156890 ?  
BuNo.157435 / 157594 ?  
BuNo.158002 / 158028 ?  
BuNo.158652 / 158681 ?  
BuNo.158819 / 158842 ?  
BuNo.159261 / 159308 ?  
BuNo.159638 / 159661 ?  
BuNo.159668 / 159679 ?  
BuNo.159967 / 160006 ?  
BuNo.160537 / 160566 ?  
BuNo.160613 / 160618 ?  
BuNo.160710 / 160739 ?  
BuNo.160857 / 160886 ? Total: 0551
54 additional airframes cancelled.

RA-7E - Proposed reconn. version, cancelled.
KA-7F - Proposed tanker version of the A-7B, cancelled.

A-7H
As A-7E, version for Greek AF.
Produced 1975 - 1977

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

BuNo.159662 / 159667 ?  
BuNo.159913 / 159966 ? Total: 0060
All delivered as:
(Greece) H-1 / H-60.

TA-7H
As A-7H, 2-seater trainer version
for Greek AF.
Produced 1978 - 1980

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

BuNo.161218 / 161222 ?

Total: 0005

A-7K
As A-7D, 2-seater trainer for USAF.
Produced 1980 - 1984

Vought Dallas, Texas (CV)

79-0460 / 79-0471 K-001 / 012  
80-0284 / 80-0295 K-013 / 024  
81-0072 / 81-0077 K-025 / 030 Total: 0030

 

Grand Total: 1567

A-7 CONVERSIONS

US Navy

NA-7A 1 YA-7A, redesignation for test duties.
NA-7C 3 A-7C, permanent conversions for test duties.
TA-7C 81 40 A-7B / 41 A-7C, 1975, 2-seater trainer conversions.
(EA-7L) 8 TA-7C, 1983, conversions as electronic warfare platforms.
YA-7H 1 Model V-519
A-7E(156801), 1972, prototype 2-seater operational trainer, later
redesignated as YTA-7E, then as TA-7C. 81 other conversions
also to this standard.

USAF

YA-7F 2 A-7D, 1989, equipment / avionics upgrades for close air support.
Originally designated as A-7D Plus.
A-7G 2 A-7D, temporary conversions as test aircraft for Switzerland.

Foreign Conversions

A-7P 44 A-7A / A-7B, 1981-1999, upgrades for Portugal.
TA-7P 6 TA-7C, 1985-1999, trainer upgrades for Portugal.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - A-7's in service with the air forces of Greece, Portugal and Thailand.

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