F8 Crusader Association

F8 Crusader firing its 20mm guns

LACB29 Is Rolling!

The Twenty-Ninth Last Annual Crusader Ball will be held 3-7 May 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego, CA. The schedule is finalized, the events are set and the Registration Package is on the web and ready for you.

Go to the Registration Page to download the package and register now. You'll find forms for registering for the weekend's events, to sign up for golf and for putting your table together for the Ball if you desire.

LACB29 promises to be a great one. Your planning team has put together a spectacular series of events. You'll find all of the details in the schedule, but here are some of the highlights:

It's going to be a great weekend. Click on LACB29 in the menu at the top of the page and check out all of the details. Download the registration form and get it in.

See you there!

Who are we?

The Gunfighters

The F-8 Crusader was the last U.S. fighter designed with guns as its primary weapon. U.S. fighter aircraft are once again being fitted with guns, largely due to the Vietnam airwar experience. Missile-only aircraft were at a distinct disadvantage in the environment many thought passé --- the dogfight. The Crusader with its guns, and Crusader drivers well versed in dogfighting, led to a resurgence in gun-equipped aircraft, and a renewed emphasis in ACM -- Air Combat Maneuvering.

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.