The F-8 Crusader Association


The F-8 Crusader Association was formed to ensure we continue the long tradition of annual get-togethers and to renew the bonds which tie those who flew that magnificent fighter aircraft. The association is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to provide a real-time organization to keep track of and facilitate communications between those in our Crusader family.

In addition, the association collects and archives stories and photos from those who flew the bird. Our goal is to make this treasure accessible.

Board of Directors

Dave Cowles, President

John Allen, Vice-President

Chuck Schroeder, Secretary

Bob Pearl, Treasurer

Dave Benson, Director

Ken Langford, Director

Jim Ozbirn, Director


GatorGrams & Email Communications
Web Site Maintenance
USS Midway Museum F-8 Ready Room
Last Annual Crusader Ball (LACB)


LACB29 (2017)

The General Membership Meeting:

The membership meeting was held Friday afternoon, May 5, 1500-1600. We learned that if you want people to attend the membership meeting, hold it at the bar! Should have known. It was a great turnout - thanks to all who were there.

Our president, Joe Phaneuf presided. The membership elected two new directors to the board, one to replace Joe who is retiring after nearly ten years of service, and another to replace Denis Duffy who unfortunately passed away earlier in the year. The new directors are Jim Ozbirn and Chuck Schroeder. The membership also ratified Dave Cowles who was appointed to the board last year.

Joe pointed out the great work that has been continuing for many years by Bull Durham, Dave Johnson and Bill Wright for their vital work in maintaining communications, the web site and our Gatorbase. Thank you very much!

The hot item on the agenda was the date and location of LACB30. Members agreed that it should continue on the 18 month cycle and be held in the fall of 2018. Dave Cowles presented the results of the recent survey. You can download a pdf file summarizing the survey by clicking here.

Pertinent to the location, of the 206 who responded, 81 (40%) indicated that if LACB30 were held in a location other than San Diego, it would increase the likelihood of their attending. Of the 81 who suggested another location, 48 suggested Pensacola.

At the meeting members nominated several locations for LACB30. The clear top two choices were San Diego and Seattle. In a run off vote, the totals were deemed too close to constitute a consensus and that it would be appropriate to put the vote to the full membership in another survey. Scott Ruby volunteered to form and lead the team if LACB30 were held in Seattle and Mike Waldron the same for San Diego. Thanks to them for their willingness to make it happen.

Joe also thanked the LACB29 Committee for all of its work in planning and executing LACB29. The meeting was adjourned and the bar continued serving.

The Board of Directors Meeting:

Coming soon.