XF-8A Crusader

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Adopted by the U.S. Navy in 1957, the Vought F-8 Crusader was a single-engine, 1,000 mph dogfighter that downed 19 MiGs during the Vietnam War and served as an accurate, deadly strafer. The XF-8A at the Museum of Flight in Washington is the prototype airplane, BuNo 138899, which made its first flight on March 25, 1955.

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Photographer Lyle Jansma started creating 360º views of cockpits in 2005, and has documented historic aircraft in several collections, including the Heritage Flight Museum, Museum of Flight, Erickson Aircraft Collection, Evergreen Air & Space Museum, and the National Museum of the Air Force. A full set of his cockpit views is available on the ACI Cockpit360º App for iOS and Android. Keep visiting this site (airspacemag.com/cockpits) as we add to the gallery below.

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