RF-8 Crusader Units over Cuba and Vietnam
This book reviews some unexplored episodes of the US Air Force history in which the RF-8 Crusader aircraft units showed their skills, namely the flight operations over Cuba and Vietnam.
RF-8 Crusader history
Although the Crusader was built first and foremost as a Navy interceptor, as has often been the tradition with US fighters, a photo-reconnaissance variant was also produced by Vought. The photo-bird’s first operational test came in the autumn of 1962 when its overflights of Cuba alerted the world to the likely presence of medium-range ballistic missiles on the Caribbean island. The recce Crusader’s next action came during the long years of the Vietnam War. This volume is the second of two in the Combat Aircraft series devoted to the Crusader, the first title (again by Peter Mersky) having covered the F-8 fighter variants, and their MiG-killing exploits, during the Vietnam War.
Absolutely recommended book for those that admire air force history as well as for model kits builders too.
About the Author:
Retired US Navy officer Peter Mersky is a full time editor of the US Navy’s aircraft safety magazine, and author of Combat Aircraft 7 F-8 Crusader Units of the Vietnam War.