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601468 Corgi   F-8E Crusader - VF211 Fighting Checkmates NP00, US Navy £ 0.00
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  Fantastic Century Wings model of the Vought F-8E Crusader of VF-211 "Fighting Checkmates" NP00, USS Bon Homme Richard, US Navy, Vietnam 1967. The Crusader served faithfully with US Navy carrier borne fighter squadrons for several decades.
On March 9th, 1959, VF-24 traded air wings and designations and became VF-211 Checkmates. In July 1959, the squadron got F-8s. In this era, the squadron patch as the F-8 community knew it was designed. The first F-8 deployment was on the USS LEXINGTON. In 1961 the squadron moved to from Moffett to NAS Miramar which would be the Checkmates home for 35 years. The squadron deployed on the USS HANCOCK (CVA-19) and Air Wing 21 in 1964 and began seeing extensive action in the Vietnam War. VF-211 made seven deployments during the Vietnam War, and VF-211 had eight confirmed kills in the F-8, which earned them the reputation as "The MiG Killers". However, the Crusader's days were numbered and on the 23rd of December 1975, VF-211 made it's maiden flight in the F-14A Tomcat.
The F-8 Crusader (originally F8U) was a single-engine aircraft carrier-based fighter aircraft built by Chance-Vought of Dallas, Texas, USA. It replaced the Vought F-7 Cutlass. The first F-8 prototype was ready for flight in February 1955, and was the last American fighter with guns as the primary weapon. 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. Naval Reserve units continued to operate the RF-8 until 1987.
Limited Edition of 3000 pieces worldwide, of which only a small proportion came to the UK. Highly detailed and accurate, the 1/72 scale Crusader features completed landing gear sub-assemblies that snap quickly into place, eliminating the need to attach individual gear doors and struts that are found on similar diecast models. They also feature realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details, pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals, opening canopies revealing detailed cockpit interiors, selected moveable control surfaces, optional extended/retracted landing gear, presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight", detailed removeable pilot, and authentic interchangeable ordnance loads complete with placards.
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