A supersonic carrier-based aircraft, the F-8 Crusader — officially introduced in March of 1957 — was a fighter that served with the United States Navy and Marines. Its primary combat action was during the Vietnam War where it was the first American aircraft to tangle with North Vietnamese MiGs, in April of 1965. More than 1,200 were manufactured and it was not officially retired until 2000 (though it was phased out of U.S. service in the late 1980s).
This limited edition, 1/48 scale plastic kit features engraved panel lines, an opening canopy, a well-appointed cockpit (with console details, ejection seats, and a pilot figure), moveable trailing edge flaps, a detailed J75-P-5A engine, optional-position landing gear, Y-pylons and underwing pylon stations, numerous photo-etched parts, and five sets of 1960s-era authentic markings. Assembly required. Skill level 4. Measures approximately 13¾" long with an 8¾" wingspan.