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#1 phantomfixer

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 04:51 PM

My buddy in the USN...the plane captain..on the last Crusader to leave Andrews AFB around 1984ish...I understand it is at Pensecola on display

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 05:10 PM

VFP306 tail number he thinks is 601

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 06:39 PM

Great picture!

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:24 AM

he has a few more..one of him marshaling the jet out, and the takeoff...pretty cool stuff...the last gunfighter...



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 06:42 AM

Very cool, thanks for sharing this. Please post the other pictures if you can!

Yes, the Crusader was the last gunfighter but by this time, the only ones left were the RF-8G photo recon birds. All the fighter versions had been retired by the 80s.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:47 PM

The last RF-8G left Andrews in early 1987.

 

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:42 AM

Thanks for the year Randy...his scrap book, since pack away from many moves, has all the pics of the ceremony, launch and take off...

and yes Derek I do believe it was the Recce model according to his tales..

Doug's navy career, after the F8, was an assignment at Andrews Naval Transient Maintenance...catching all the Navy and Marine jets coming and going at Andrews



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:40 AM

I only saw one F-8 in my career, and it was French Navy in 1988. I think they flew them until 2000 or so, but it was the fighter version, not recce. Like your friend, I worked in TA but in Germany for 4 years. Best time I ever had job-wise, being launch/recovery qualified on everything NATO owned from F-100s to F-18s. I took a ton of pics too, plus bot farmed out to airshows all over Europe. It was a lot of work, most of our business were F-104s and F-4s, but every day was different.

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:50 AM

Hey, I just noticed you said he was in VFP-306. They did inactivate in 1984. Their sister unit at Andrews, VFP-206, flew on with the RF-8G until 1987. Maybe that's what he was talking about.

 

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