Photo (circa 1963-64) contributed by Eric Nelson


The Restoration of RF8 145645 - Battleship Park

Mobile, AL

Updated March 24, 2012


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Left: RF8 as received from Davis Monthan (Bone Yard) May 2007 Right: April 3, 2008

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In its Final Exhibit Location
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Photo Courtesy: Owen Miller, Battleship Park, Mobile AL

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"913 looks like it is smiling at us!" -- John Sees


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(L-R) Photo #1: Mike Thompson primary restorer of 913; Photo#2: Owen Miller, project "Crusader" coordinator took the project as "His" BABY!! Photo #3: 913 cockpit; Photo #4: 913 at attention for an admiring public; Photo #5: Painting by Mike Olivieri of RF-8 flying over Cuba




"Kudos to the crew who so meticulously restored 913. She looks as though she just rolled off Chance-Vought’s production line. What a magnificent job! Sorry I wasn’t able to attend, but will look forward to future reunions with enthusiasm." S/F [Sempre Fi] Pete Hanner



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(L-R) Photo #1: Mike Olivieri's painting. Photo #2: A portion of the "Man, Moment, Machine episode [History Channel documentary on Cuban Missile Crisis]is playing on a 52" TV beside our Crusader. Note the display case of VFP-62 memorabilia.







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Created on ... April 17, 2008