Crusader Fighter Report

First Flight
Muroc Test
Record-Setting Flights
Project Bullet
Mideast Crisis
18 Years in the Fleet
Cuban Crisis
French Crusader
Top Guns
Flight to Atsugi

Southeast Asia Action
Crusader Mig Masters
Supercritical Wing
Today's Muster

Maj. Glenn

 

PROJECT BULLET

CROSS-COUNTRY SPEED RECORD - Steamy waves of heat shimmered over the runway at Floyd Bennett Field in New York City on July 16, 1957 when the F8U-1P (RF-8A), piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. John Glenn, came in for a smooth landing at the end of a cross-country flight, a speed-record-setting flight.

Three hours, 23 minutes, eight and four-tenth seconds earlier, Major Glenn (later to become the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth) and his flying partner, LCDR Charles Demmler, USN, had departed Los Angeles, Calif. in their F-8 Crusaders on "Project Bullet," a transcontinental speed run. Demmlers F-8 sustained a damaged refueling probe en route, forcing him to land.

Glenn continued on, however, completing three refueling contacts with AJ-2 Savage tankers, forcing him to drop down to 25,000 feet and reduce speed to 350 mph. Despite these restrictions, he was still able to average 725.55 mph for the run, equivalent to Mach-1.1 at 35,000 feet. Using his cameras at predetermined periods, Glenn successfully documented the record-setting flight with continuous photo coverage over the entire route.


Image: Fuel for Bullet

All information on this page is from special F-8 CRUSADER FIGHTER REPORT compiled by the Public Relations Department of LTV Aerospace Corporation in 1974.

 
 

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