F-8 E(FN) Crusader French Navy
These photos were taken by Emmanuel Banon
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Photos directly below were taken at BAN Landivisiau (BAN means NAS in French) in 1994.
|left side of an aircraft which is not yet a F-8P (P=prolongé in french.....protracted). No Sherlock device on the tail fin.||ready to fly on a cool and wet morning.|
|the shark face of the Crusader is obvious here. The Magic missile is for training only.||Martin Baker MK F5AF ejection seat and the Donald Duck 's insignia of the 12F (painted on Rafale M now).||left side console. The position of the insignia is not the same as on the picture directly to the left.||front panel and control stick|
|left console and throttle.||right console. Note that there's no chute on the seat bucket.||ejection seat without chute and back pad.||the area behind the seat. The green bottle is for oxygen|
|the ejection seat. "disponible" means available.||the lower straps..rather complex at first sight||top of the seat. The rectangular headrest is missing. Compare with picture 6.||the front jet intake|
|the radar radome||the airbrake||right main gear bay. The opened airbrake is also visible.||left main wheels|
|rear of the left main gear bay. Note that's not durty at all.||left main gear bay.||middle of the same bay.||front of the bay.|
|left main gear door||left main gear door||rear of the Crusader. Note the Sherlock device at the top ; this is a "P" aircraft.|
A good walkaround of the F-8P can be found on this website http://frenchnavy.free.fr. This site is written in French but also in English.
Photos and text © 2004 by Emmanuel Banon