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===Radars===
 
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The F8U-2 is equipped with an AN/APQ-50 search and tracking radar. The radar is mounted in the nose of the aircraft.
 
The F8U-2 is equipped with an AN/APQ-50 search and tracking radar. The radar is mounted in the nose of the aircraft.
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* Cannons could fire separately to save ammo
 
* Cannons could fire separately to save ammo
 +
* Cannons can deal serious damage, with 4 guns even a short burst is enough to destroy an enemy aircraft.
 
* Four AIM-9Ds, good when engaging enemies at about 3 km
 
* Four AIM-9Ds, good when engaging enemies at about 3 km
 
* Excellent flight performance
 
* Excellent flight performance
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* Superb acceleration, even compared to top tier jets
 
* Excellent pointing at high speed
 
* Excellent pointing at high speed
 
* Landing flaps provide a lot of lift thanks to the variable wing design
 
* Landing flaps provide a lot of lift thanks to the variable wing design
 
* Extendable rocket pod which fires 16 Mighty Mouses at once
 
* Extendable rocket pod which fires 16 Mighty Mouses at once
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* Good radar
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
* Extremely fragile, can crash under 11G overload
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* Fragile wings, can easily rip at high speeds and hard turns.
 
* Cannot break the sound barrier at low altitude
 
* Cannot break the sound barrier at low altitude
* Incredibly likely to set on fire because of the fuel placement
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* Very likely to set on fire because of the fuel tank placement
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* Lacks RWR
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==

Latest revision as of 14:57, 12 April 2021

VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
F8U-2
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Description

The F8U-2 Crusader II is a rank VI American jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/SB) and 10.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike".

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 10 668 m2 038 km/h
Turn time28 s
Max altitude16 310 m
EnginePratt & Whitney J57-P-16
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight13 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 10,668 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,025 2,017 16310 28.4 29.4 113.8 104.6 1,828
Upgraded 2,054 2,038 27.6 28.0 162.5 137.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1555 428 1070 N/A 583 ~10 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 1000 < 590 < 500 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Pratt & Whitney J57-P-16 1 8,339 kg 341 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 14m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 48m fuel
1,592 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 9,531 kg 9,916 kg 10,708 kg 11,925 kg 12,279 kg 12,760 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 14m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 49m fuel MTOW
Stationary 4,562 kgf 8,003 kgf 0.84 0.81 0.75 0.67 0.65 0.63
Optimal 4,804 kgf
(1,000 km/h)
8,921 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
0.94 0.90 0.83 0.75 0.73 0.70

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear428 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 310 → 3 513 Sl icon.png
RB4 610 → 7 011 Sl icon.png
SB16 150 → 24 564 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications494 000 Rp icon.png
873 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 010 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 200 / 340 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
37 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
65 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
55 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
53 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
94 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
37 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
65 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
55 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
53 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
94 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
mk_12_mod3_belt_pack
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9B
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
FFAR Mighty Mouse
Research:
37 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
65 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods weapon.png
mk_12_mod3_new_gun
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
55 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9D
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
55 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
LAU-10/A
Research:
53 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
94 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition576 rounds
Fire rate996 shots/min

The F8U-2 is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 4 x 20 mm Browning-Colt Mk12 Mod 3 cannons, nose-mounted (144 rpg = 576 total)
    • 4 x 20 mm Browning-Colt Mk12 Mod 3 cannons, nose-mounted (144 rpg = 576 total) + 32 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets

Suspended armament

Number of setups8
List of setups
Setup 12 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 24 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 32 x AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 44 x AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 54 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 68 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 72 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
4 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 82 x AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
4 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets

The F8U-2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 2 x AIM-9D Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9D Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 8 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 4 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 2 x AIM-9D Sidewinder missiles + 4 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets

Usage in battles

The F8U-2 performs the best when using tactics similar to the Hunter, which involves using your high-speed pointing and handling to break the enemy formation. However, be sure not to engage in a close combat when your speed is 900 km/h or above, since there is a great risk that your wing would break due to the overload.

The most dangerous enemies include:

  • Any soviet aircraft that has an R-60: since it would be impossible to dodge the missile at high speed.
  • MiG-17s: they can outmanoeuvre you in dogfights.

Radars

The F8U-2 is equipped with an AN/APQ-50 search and tracking radar. The radar is mounted in the nose of the aircraft.

AN/APQ-50 - Target Detection Radar
Maximum
Detection
Range
Guaranteed
Detection
Range
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
370,000 m
(theoretical)
40,000 m ±50.0° -8.15°/+4.15°
AN/APQ-50 - Target Tracking Radar
Maximum
Tracking
Range
Minimum
Tracking
Range
Azimuth Tracking
Angle
Elevation Tracking
Angle
92,500 m 200 m ±58.0° ±58.0°

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Cannons could fire separately to save ammo
  • Cannons can deal serious damage, with 4 guns even a short burst is enough to destroy an enemy aircraft.
  • Four AIM-9Ds, good when engaging enemies at about 3 km
  • Excellent flight performance
  • Superb acceleration, even compared to top tier jets
  • Excellent pointing at high speed
  • Landing flaps provide a lot of lift thanks to the variable wing design
  • Extendable rocket pod which fires 16 Mighty Mouses at once
  • Good radar

Cons:

  • Fragile wings, can easily rip at high speeds and hard turns.
  • Cannot break the sound barrier at low altitude
  • Very likely to set on fire because of the fuel tank placement
  • Lacks RWR

History

The F8U-2 Crusader was a version of the F8U Crusader that was improved from the F8U-1 in a few ways, resulting from the advent of a new P&W engine.

The largest improvement was in the addition of the Pratt and Whitney J57-P-16 engine that was rated to produce 16,900 lbf of thrust. The new engine resulted in a higher maximum speed of up to 960 knots (1777.92 kilometers per hour). Two air scoops were added to the tail cone in order to cool the more powerful (and hotter!) engine. In addition to the new engine, ventral stabilizer fins were added to the rear of the fuselage to correct stability issues. The wingspan was also reduced to 35 feet 2 inches after three inches were removed from each wingtip. A Martin-Baker F-5 ejection seat was added to the aircraft. Finally, capability to use a Y-pylon was added to carry two AIM-9 Sidewinders on each fuselage station for a total of four AIM-9 Sidewinders on the fuselage, two more than on the F8U-1.

The F8U-2 prototype was modified from the F8U-1 number four (BuNo 140477) and first flew on 20 August 1957. The F8U-2 was ordered into production and the first production F8U-2 (BuNo 145546) flew for the first time on 29 August 1958. The F8U-2 entered service in February 1959 and was redesignated as the F-8C Crusader in 1962.[1][2]

Devblog

In 1952, the American Naval command announced requirements for a new supersonic jet carrier-based fighter to protect carrier groups from enemy aircraft and achieve air superiority. Chance Vought Aircraft Inc., which already had considerable experience working with carrier-based aircraft, became one of the participants in the competition. Their candidate differed from the competition by a variable-incidence wing. The wing tilted upward by 5 degrees, which noticeably improved taking off and landings on short decks of aircraft carriers.

Just 20 months after receiving the contract, the first prototype was built for tests. The fighter successfully passed the initial tests, in the very first flight it easily broke the sound barrier, and in a modified form went to the navy for deck tests. The first prototype series was successfully tested on aircraft carriers in the spring of 1956, after which the F8U-1 Crusader entered service with the US Navy. Work on a promising jet fighter did not stop after the start of mass production. The modified aircraft with a new power plant, advanced navigation system, radar, FCS and improved armament received the designation F8U-2.

The Crusader has become a real legend and a symbol of US carrier-based aviation for its excellent flight characteristics, ease of operation, reliability and significant firepower. The fighter received the baptism of fire almost immediately after entering the service, and since then has been actively used in combat and training missions in many parts of the world, including intensive combat service in Vietnam. Even when more advanced aircraft entered service, the naval pilots were reluctant to say goodbye to the Crusaders. "When you're out of F-8's, you're out of fighters" they said.

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References


Chance Vought Aircraft
Fighters  F4U-1A · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1C · F4U-1D · F4U-4 · F4U-4B · F4U-4B VMF-214
Float planes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3
Attackers  AU-1
Bombers  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3
Jet aircraft  A-7D · F8U-2
Export  V-156-B1 · V-156-F · ▄Corsair F Mk II · F4U-7
Captured  ▅F4U-1A

USA jet aircraft
AV-8  AV-8A · AV-8C
F-4  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II
F-80  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
F-84  F-84B-26 · F-84F · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-35
F-89  F-89B · F-89D
F-104  F-104A · F-104C
F9F  F9F-2 · F9F-5 · F9F-8
FJ-4  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
Other  P-59A · F2H-2 · F3D-1 · F3H-2 · F8U-2 · F11F-1 · F-100D
A-4  A-4B · A-4E Early
A-7  A-7D
B-57  B-57A · B-57B