RF-8G Crusader

A photoreconnaissance version of the F-8 Crusader series of fighters, the RF-8G carried an array of cameras to capture pre- and post-strike photographs to support air operations.  In the fighter configuration, the F-8 was nicknamed the “Last of the Gunfighters” because it carried 20 mm cannon and its pilots placed an emphasis on dogfighting skills, which paid dividends during the Vietnam War.  With its cockpit position far forward on the fuselage, the Crusader featured a variable incidence wing that the pilot raised during launch and recovery to improve visibility.