F-8 Crusader: The Last GunFighter

This page is dedicated to the F-8 Crusader fighter jet flown by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Crusader was the premiere air superiority dog fighter of the Vietnam War and the last fighter built with guns as it's primary offensive weapon as implied by the moniker "The Last GunFighter".
The RF-8 Crusader was a photo-reconnaissance development and operated longer in U.S. service than any of the fighter versions. RF-8s played a crucial role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, providing essential low-level photographs impossible to acquire by other means. US Naval Reserve units continued to operate the RF-8 until 1987.