The History and Restoration of
RF-8 Bureau Number 145645; VFP-62 913

913 circa 1964

VFP-62 913 detachment USS Intrepid
Contributed by Don Van Horn PHC--Circa 1961-62

Updated: March 24, 2012

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There she sits; low I squat
913 in her final spot
Done is her flying for the day
So through the night there she will stay
Till summoned again at dawn's early light
To reach for the clouds once more in flight
Loaded with Lox and fuel and film
One quick cat shot and off she'll zoom
Take her pictures and turn for home
Catch a wire with nary a groan
Then wait for tomorrow to do it all again...

John Sees

I flew Vigi's and A-4's as well, all fun. But I don't think there's a pilot alive who flew F-8's who won't say that was the most fun to fly.

I considered it the "Harley Davidson" of airplanes.
John "Lightnin" Davison [former VFP-63 pilot]

I am very glad to hear that you were able to save a Crusader from the Coors factory and are restoring it. There used to be a fuselage of an F-8 at a playground near my parents' house in San Francisco when I was growing up and I fondly remember my time as a child playing on and around it, especially crawling through the tunnel where the engine once lived and sliding down the wings. I was very sad when it was removed for a more conventional jungle-gym, as it was deemed a safety hazard.


After my retirement from the Navy I went to work at the NARF Norfolk. As a mechanic I worked on all the RF-8 aircraft still in the Navy inventory. When I visited the Mobile Battleship park and saw the original "photo bird" there I recognised a patch that I installed back in 1962 when I was on active duty and it was assigned to the Forrestal Det. Bob Garling, AMCS(A/C) Ret.

My wife and I went to N.A.S. Pensacola, Florida to visit the Naval Aviation Museum and also went by the USS Alabama at Battleship Memorial Park to visit the exibit that VFP-62 has in the hanger there. (being that we couldn't make it to the reunion). It was very impressive!! They did a good job of restoring 913, it brought back a lot of memories!! -- Gerald Musgrove VFP-62 1966-68

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