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




Crusader pilots and photo intelligence teams from Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VPF-62) and United States Marine Corps Squadron VMCJ-2 combined efforts in 1962 to help ferret out suspected Soviet missile sites in Cuba. Flying F8U-1P (RF-8A) Crusaders, the Navy and Marine pilots dashed across Cuba, their cameras grinding, and returned to the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla., where the film was processed before being forwarded to Washington, D.C.

Documentary evidence of the missile build-up, thus acquired, provided President John F. Kennedy with the ammunition needed to force eventual withdrawal of the threat.

Personnel of both squadrons received Presidential citations for their role in the action. The six Navy pilots and four Marines who piloted the F-8's on the photo reconnaissance missions received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their work.

Image: Intelligence Team

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.


UNLOADING CAMERAS - An F8U-1P photo recon crew hastens to unload cameras following a mission over Soviet missile sites in Cuba.

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