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Chance-Vought F-8 Crusader (Part 3). I present a comprehensive AI traffic model package for this classic aircraft of modern military history.
This is an original 8-LOD model, with many animations and features thanks to a growing confidence in XML-coding and making FSDS work for me instead of the other way around.
Nicknamed "The Last Gunfighter", this aircraft was the last production aircraft for the US Navy and Marine Corps which used guns as primary armament, and was in service at the twilight of this age, as well as the dawn of the missile age. Like all combat-experienced aircraft, it had a relatively short life during its operational use (only about twenty years or so as a fighter), but was used a little longer as a recce aircraft; and beyond that in export service to France and the Philippines. The Crusader was used extensively in combat operations in Vietnam, played a crucial role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and gave the newer F-4 Phantoms a fair run for their money in terms of air combat capability during this time. It is interesting to note that the 'elderly' F-8 Crusader had a better kill overall ratio in air combat in Vietnam than its F-4 successor.
This is part three of this model series, covering the F-8J, F-8K, F-8L, RF-8A, and RF-8G base models; with a total of 25 model options and 56 individual unit paints. I am fairly confident that if any operational squadron of the USN and USMC used this aircraft from the late 50s to the early 80s, it is covered in this project at some time frame. Base model and paint by Michael Pearson, flight dynamics by Michael McIntyre.
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