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Crusader Launch at Dusk - USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42

Updated February 16, 2016

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    Aircraft Carrier Sites & Information

  • Extensive carrier operations video: _USS John C. Stennis_ This is g-r-r-r-eat, and I know you're going to love it. Make sure your sound is on and turn this on to full screen. Enjoy!__contributed by Marion Swinford

  • Rare WW II Color videos (YouTube): _Carriers in the Pacific - Contributed by George Montgomery

  • YouTube Video (~1 hr): U.S.S. Enterprise CVAN-65 -Contributed by Bruce Nason

  • YouTube provides old 8mm video: U.S.S. Essex 1958 Cruise -pollywog/shellback ceremony and the Essex in dry dock. Contributed by J.J. McKenna

  • (1/24/12) New Web site: The USS Enterprise - The most decorated ship of the Second World War, Enterprise changed the very course of a war she seemed to have been expressly created for... USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) ..The site is geared toward the men who served on the Enterprise as well as detailed information about the ship itself. webmaster: Joseph Maresca

  • Today's Navy News aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise CVAN-65 Click "Shuttle" for news.

  • HIGH SPEED INTERNET RECOMMENDED. INTERNAL LINK: USS Enterprise flight deck operations video Contributed by: Pete Wallace.

  • Complete scan of:1964 USS Enterprise Cruise Book-Med Cruise and Operation Sea Orbit

  • Website with information, pictures and hundreds of shipmates listed. U.S.S. Forrestal

  • Visit my : USS Forrestal Home Page:-Sign my Guestbook with Div/Squadron and Time aboard. Paul H. Friedman (USS Forrestal CVA-59 Crewmember, AO3, G Div., WestPac 5/67 - 7/29/67) USS Forrestal Association Lifetime Member

  • Website dedicated to the: U.S.S. Shangri La .

  • Collection of photos of: USS Intrepid & Air Group

  • Brilliant account of the: Last Cruise of U.S.S. Shangri La.None of my friends in VFP-63 Det 38 could ever confirm the radar antenna falling off, but all the other stuff happened as written. The Navy just ran the Shang into the ground, pretty much the same fate for Hancock (CVA-19).-Jerry Nolan

  • All former crewmembers, including airwing squadrons and Marine detachments, of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB, CVA, CV-42, please check out our website at: www.ussfdrcv42reunion.com. We are always looking for former shipmates.

  • Lots of photos and information related to the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, including photos of squadrons & ships. Larry Blumenthal's website: www.usnavyphotos.com -Site has new videos of cruises.

  • A new site being developed by Larry Blumenthal: www.ussfranklindroosevelt.com-all about the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and her squadrons.

  • Website for the U.S.S. Independence CV-62 Includes reunion information, pictures, and much more.

  • Web page for USS Independence: VFP-62 detachments

  • Website for the: U.S.S. Enterprise CVA-65 Includes reunion information, pictures, and much more.

    Crusader Information

  • The beginnings of a digital book on: A love affair (of sorts) with the Crusader. The author is from the Netherlands and represents the wide-spread admiration for this jet. Loads of information on the Crusader.

  • Crusader stats, pictures, & squadron member messages:AeroWeb - RF-8G Contributed by Ernie Halley

  • Also see "We Love Crusaders" this site.

    Aviation Museums
    RF-8 or F8 Exhibits

  • (2/16/16) See many restored aircraft: MCAS Miramar, Flying Leatherneck Museum in San Diego, California--contributed by Richard Crowe

  • Mobile AL: Battleship Park VFP-62 RF-8 BuNo 145645 has been restored and is exhibited along with show cases of VFP-62 memorabilia.

  • Grand opening May 2009:USS Midway Crusader Ready Room 7

  • Air museum where RF-8 Bu.No. 145607 will be restored as either VFP-206, VFP-62, or VFP-63: Castle Air Museum Atwater, CA -Also see "We Love Crusaders" for more information.

  • A new air museum opened up Flying Heritage Museum Most of the aircraft have been put in flying condition and do fly shows. Contributed by Wes Batlett

  • Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Smithsonian)/ (near Dulles airport) Chantilly, VA. A VFP-206 RF-8 is on display

  • Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum at: www.dvhaa.org Willow Grove NAS JRB, Pa.

  • The USS Intrepid's Return to New York, NY and The Grand Re-opening on November 8, 2008. For information log onto: USS Intrepid Museum

  • Starting from a ruin filled with concrete, the Pacific Coast Air Museum created a very nice F8 restoration. This Crusader had probably been seen by millions and crawled on by thousands of kids. During its assignment to a public park it received so much use next to a busy San Francisco street, it finally wore out after 20 years.

    It is now on static display in Santa Rosa, California. From the picture of the restoration, I'll guess this famous Bay Area Crusader is an F8C.

    Pacific Coast Air Museum Santa Rosa CA - Contributed by Pete Michael

• Osprey Combat Aircraft / Peter Mersky (see "Vietnam Operations"
• Navy Fighter number seventeen / Steve Ginter (at right)
• Cordon of Steel /Curtis A. Utz
• Also see "We Love Crusaders" this site
• Naval Historical Center / Washington DC


Original vfp62.com webpage design: Ross Turner

Thanks to Pete Wallace, a former VFP-62 member (see guest log) who purchased the domain space for this site and originated the basic layout for the site. Throughout the technical development of the site Pete has been a great source of inspiration and cooperation and has become a new friend. - Ken Jack, VFP-62 Webmaster

Pete and I thank Arthur W. Scarborough, PHC and his son Scott for supplying us with many of the photographs for the site. In particular, Scott, who grew up walking among the Navy jets of Cecil Field, dedicated many hours to scanning pictures, providing textual background information, and demonstrated his love over and over again, for the RF-8 Crusader, VFP-62, and Naval Aviation.-Webmaster

The Webmaster thanks Dave Johnson, a former F8 driver, who at the very beginning of this project, provided invaluable information on HTML and Web design, motivation, and by his example, (see Gunfighter's link above), led us to the development of the site.

Finally, we thank all of the former VFP-62 crew members who have contributed photos, stories, and guest log messages to enhance our site. There are too many to mention specifically and we thank them all.

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