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F8U Crusader restoration

Old 03-11-2020, 06:57 PM
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Hi all. I'm basically a tank guy and I build 1/10 and 1./16 armor; you can see my threads over in that forum. Since retirement in late 2017 I've been doing volunteer work on the Hornet AIrcraft carrier (CVS-12), Air space and sea museum in Alameda California as a member of the aircraft restoration group. My first project was to work on our F8U Crusader. She is a model 1 and I'm told 1 of only a few of her model existing. Corrosion was severe in places and gave my metal working skills a workout. I partnered with primarily one other member to do the bulk of the work but it was a team effort and we are proud of her. There is still much to be done but we are close to finishing the phase 1 tasks prior to rolling her out on display. She will from this point forward only be kept in the hanger bay and not outside.. Below see a few photos taken after recent painting efforts...

Jerry



Old 03-12-2020, 04:05 AM
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Looks great. I must say, though, that flaps that tiny seem useless and the ailerons so far inboard can't be very effective. Any former Crusader pilots here?
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They did a beautiful job! Keep'em flying!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by rgburrill View Post
Looks great. I must say, though, that flaps that tiny seem useless and the ailerons so far inboard can't be very effective. Any former Crusader pilots here?
Who needs flaps when you can adjust the incidence of the entire main plane?
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Old 03-22-2020, 03:14 PM
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Good point Chad....and how are you feeling today? I sure hope this virus thing doesn't get around to a youngster like you.....PM me on the rivets. For your safely, I would like NOT to have contact with you which is something I really enjoy.
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