Crusader Accidents and Other Mishaps
The Danger of Flying and Working on the Crusader

Updated March 13, 2023

A narrow escape from a sinking F8

After a faulty starboard cat launch aboard the U.S.S. Shangri La, Commander J. E. Davis from VF-62, fights to escape his F8 after plunging into the sea. Owing to a failure in the linkage between the aircraft and the catapult, the fighter veered to the starboard side. The Crusader's wheel rolled over towards the gun mounting and plunged tail-first into the sea. The pilot escaped with a cut elbow.

Click these links for more photos: Going over Starboard gun mount and In the Water US Navy Photos courtesy Bruce Nason

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Webmasters message: Naval Aviation is a dangerous occupation. The following is a collection of tales of bravery, dumb luck, tragedy, and survival. Freedom doesn't come cheap! This page is dedicated to those who paid the price for freedom.

Those F8's were hell of a plane in the air but they kept us crash guys busy taking off and landing.
Were you at Cecil when the guy took off with his wings still folded.
He got up there and flew around, landed it, put his wings down and took off again.
He told the tower it was a little heavy on the nose but flew ok.
His buddies took a set of wings to a jeweler and altered them so the wings were folded and put them on his uniform.
It was good when an incident turned out good, unfortunately not many did. ---Kenny Boles

Interesting story... Got a new CO and he asked me why if we only had 18 aircraft why there was a modex 19.
I explained to him that we didn't have a number 13 for obvious reasons. He ordered me to change number 19 to 13.
I did and it crashed the following day. He then ordered me to change the replacement aircraft to number 19 and never have a number 13 again.
Semper Fi, Marv Garrison

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