Century Wings 1/72nd scale CW001638 Vought F-8E Crusader VF-53 Iron Angels NF209 1967 Normal version. Buy now online at Flying Tigers.
The Vought F-8 Crusader (originally F8U) was a single-engine, supersonic, carrier-based air superiority jet aircraft built by Vought for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, replacing the Vought F7U Cutlass, and for the French Navy. The first F-8 prototype was ready for flight in February 1955. The F-8 served principally in the Vietnam War. The Crusader was the last American fighter with guns as the primary weapon, earning it the title “The Last of the Gunfighters”.
The RF-8 Crusader was a photo-reconnaissance development and operated longer in U.S. service than any of the fighter versions. RF-8s played a crucial role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, providing essential low-level photographs impossible to acquire by other means. U.S. Naval Reserve units continued to operate the RF-8 until 1987.
These outstanding models perfectly replicate two F-8E Crusaders from the Fighter Squadron VF-53 Iron Angels, this was an aviation unit of the United States Navy in service from 20th July 1950 to 29th January 1971. Originally established as reserve squadron VF-721 on 20th July 1950, it was redesignated as VF-141 on 4th February 1953 and then redesignated as VF-53 on 15th October 1963. The squadron was disestablished on 29th January 1971. It was the fourth US Navy squadron to be designated as VF-53.
VF-53 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) and was deployed to Vietnamese waters aboard USS Ticonderoga three times: 3 January to 15th July 1963; 14th April to 15th December 1964 and 28th September 1965 to 13th May 1966.
VF-53 was deployed on the carrier USS Hancock from 5th January to 22nd July 1967. On 25th March 1967, a squadron F-8E crashed at sea on a non-combat mission, the pilot Lieutenant j.g. James Hise was killed in action, body not recovered.
VF-53 was deployed on the carrier USS Bon Homme Richard three times: from 27th January to 10th October 1968; from 18th March to 29th October 1969 and from 2nd April to 12th November 1970. On 29th July 1968, LTCDR Guy Kane flying an F-8E shot down a Vietnam People’s Air Force MiG-17.