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




During the Mideast (Lebanon) crisis of July and August 1958, F-8 Crusaders from the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean earned their spurs.

For instance, Crusaders assigned to VF-32, operating off the carrier, USS Saratoga, accumulated 533 flying hours in July and 762 hours during the 23 days of the operation in August 1958.

When the crisis broke, the Navy bolstered its Crusader strength aboard the Saratoga and the USS Essex by sending additional F-8s from the East Coast of the U.S., flying by way of the Azores, to Lyautey, Morocco, and then onto the carriers.

All ferry flights were highly successful and the F-8 patrols helped the Sixth Fleet and the U.S. stay abreast of actions that occurred during the crisis. After it was over, the USS Forrestal, with F8U-2s of Marine Fighter Squadron 333 on board, relieved the Saratoga for continued policing operations in the Mediterranean.

Image: Crusader over Beirut

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.


MAINTAINING VIGIL - F8U-2s of Marine lighter Squadron 333 taxi into position for catapulting from the USS Forrestal.

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