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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:19 am 
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Tonight, Dec.15th at 10EST on the History channel, the series Dogfights, will feature the F8 Crusader, the last of the gunfighters. This could be interesting and worth the watch.


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Thanks for the heads up Gunner!

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Thanks for the info about the F 8. There aren't too many people that even know what it is. :D

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F-8's were one of the coolest birds I worked around, one of my all time favorites. I hooked them up on the port catapult, they were pendant pulled off the cat ( single cable ) Like in Paul Arnolds tribute the F-8 #112. I also wonder what cruise that picture was taken on, that was my job. When we put them into afterburner they exploded with a boom. No other jets I know of makes that much noise going into afterburner, not the F4 or later on when the Tomcats came out.

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Is the F8 what they call the "screaming Demom"?

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No the Screamimg Deamon was the F3 :D

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 Post Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 1:32 pm 
What was interesting about this special on the F-8, is that the story was about a Pilot from the Oriskany. I believe it was from the 67 Cruise, and
this dogfight was one of the longest in history-15 miniutes. The pilot, and
his name I can't remember took on 4 Mig 19's I believe. He shot down
three of them, but his guns jammed and he was out of sidewinder missiles
and narrowly escaped the 4th Mig. The reason was for the faster plane.

I remember well standing on the 07 level during air operations, and I
always had my little ear plug kit with me. Even with it in, you could always
rely on hearing that loud, unique loud 'POW', just after the F-8 hit its after
burner, and they would go roaring down the catapult.

Just wondered if any of you gentlemen who worked on the flight deck
suffered any hearing loss from those days? Luckily, even though I saw
a lot of air operations, I did not. Of course I was lucky enough to work
in an office.


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Skilled fighter pilots Paul Speer and Phil Wood, tackles the fierce North Vietnamese MiG over the killing skies of Vietnam. They fly the U.S. Navy's top fighter, the F8 Crusader. In one of the longest, gut-wrenching dogfights on record, Lt. Commander Richard Schaffert--out of missiles and with his guns jammed--takes on a lethal MiG-17 and the best enemy pilot he's ever faced. His only chance lies with the amazing capabilities of the F8 Crusader, "the last gunfighter." Using state of the art computer graphics, viewers will feel like they're in the battle, facing the enemy.


Lt. Commander Schaffert is the pilot who flew from Oriskany. I beleive
this was from the 67 cruise. I checked the History Channels page, and found this narrative. It is scheduled to be rebroadcast on December 19th at 11:00p.m. I believe that is Eastern time.


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I was an AE with VF 194 and spent a lot of time working on Crusaders on Oriskany's flight deck and on the ramp at Miramar before spending my last two years with VX4 at Pt. Mugu. I have Menears disease in my left ear resulting in near total hearing loss but they don't know what causes it so I can't pin the blame on the time spent working around jet aircraft. Even if I could, I'd probably do it all over again!


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 Post subject: Re: F8 Cusader on the History Channel
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:D I am proud to join in here with my little bit. I was a plane captain (AKA Crew Chief) on the F-8 Crusaders on the Oriskany in 1964 with VF 162 The Hunters. Our planes are the ones with the black chin strap with yellow stars and the wings and tails are also marked with the black with yellow stars. Tails were marked AH. My job was to live with the plain when it was not in the air. It was my own personal posession until the Pilot had his way with her. I cleaned her shin filled her belly inspected every rivit, tied her doun when not in air ops, rode the brakes when she was to be readied for the flight deck. I carried her 85 Lb chain bag when she was headed to the cats. I Strapped the pilot in and aremed his Martin baker Ejection seat by showinf him the seat pins, how many were there???When on the cats,I sat sometimes behind the blast deflector when she lit her afterburner to get warn in the south China sea and relaxed had a smoke or a drink of water after she left the deck. Then waited to recover her on return, carried the same 85 LB chain bag to tie her down again. Helped the maintainance crew if needed. My plain can be seen in the 8 MM video of the 1964 west pac cruise on this web site. I have never seen a more beautiful, sleek perfectly designed fighter since the last gun fighter.

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 Post subject: Re: F8 Cusader on the History Channel
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:( I received an e mail from a fellow shipmate. Jim Bennett that confirmed Lt Ronald Dodge, the pilot shown in my video of F8 Crusader 204 was killed over Viet Nam in 1967. Such a great loss. I still want to locate two other shipmates, named Lynn Dean Wyatt and Gary Liptack, both were in the Jet shop with me in1965 and were Codded off with me on July 13th 1965. Please help if you can.

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 Post subject: Re: F8 Cusader on the History Channel
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:( I spoke with my shipmate Jim Bennett recently, he corrected me about Lt Ron Dodge, he was shot down, but survived the crash but later died while being captive at the Hanoi Hilton. Jim is sending me more complete info soon and I will add it when I can.

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 Post subject: Re: F8 Cusader on the History Channel
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Bill, thanks for continueing to add additional info. Even though there are very few posts nowadays, it's good to add to Oriskany's record here whenever possible for future reference.

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 Post subject: Re: F8 Cusader on the History Channel
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:D You are quite welcome Doc. I saw one of the videos you have on the Big O website on youtube recently, and posted about your web site having more F-8 videos to view. Would you be able to put some of me footage on there? If memory serves me well, the video I watched had something like 72,000 views, maybe more folks might involved in your site for Oriskany. What do you think??

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