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PAF Vought F-8H Crusader
« on: May 24, 2019, 02:09:34 AM »
https://www.paf.mil.ph/bases/basa-air-base

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In view of the rapid technological advancements in a fast-changing world, the PAF moved towards modernization and expansion. Basa Air Base was closed in 1955 to pave the way for the gradual transition to jet aircraft operations. Developed into a modern fighter base complex, it was equipped with a sprawling multi-million peso jet runway, aircraft movement areas, lighting and refueling facilities, workshops, and other vital installations for 5th Fighter Wing jet operations. Basa AB saw the birth of the jet age for the PAF when, in 1957, the 5th Fighter Group received US F-86F and T-33A jets.

   In 1965, the fighter squadrons were equipped with the PAF's first supersonic fighters, US-made F-5A's, which were also based at Basa AB. These aircraft were the mainstay fighters of the Philippine Air Force until 1978, when the country received 25 F-8 Crusaders, which were much larger and more complex than the F-5's. The F-8 fleet was also stationed at Basa AB. The planes quickly became too expensive and difficult to maintain owing to their age and complexity and that. The continued presence of the United States military and lack of any immediate hostile air forces also contributed to discussions on retiring the fleet. The aircraft were permanently grounded in 1988 and kept in storage at Basa AB.

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PAF Vought F-8H Crusader
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2019, 02:12:08 AM »
http://balita.ph/2013/01/13/phl-1-of-only-3-countries-to-operate-superb-f-8-crusader-fighter-jets-feature/

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PHL 1 of only 3 countries to operate superb F-8 Crusader fighter jets (Feature)
January 13, 2013 8:15 am

This gained fame in the Vietnam War in the 1970s when it destroyed 19 Vietnamese aircraft in air-to-air combat and only lost three in turn.

The Philippine Air Force's affair with the F-8 started in 1977 when the country acquired 35 Crusaders to augment its fleet of Northrop F-5 Tiger which was only limited to daytime operations.

The F-8 Crusader is a single-engine, supersonic, carrier-based air superiority jet aircraft built by Vought for the United States Navy and the US Marine Corps.

The first F-8 prototype was ready for flight in February 1955, and was the last American fighter with guns as the primary weapon, principally serving in the Vietnam War, which ended in the summer of 1975.

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Having the F-8 in the PAF inventory gave the country the capability to engage intruders who might violate the country's airspace during the night.

Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol, Air Force spokesperson, a former F-5 pilot, said the Crusader was a fast climbing and a more maneuverable aircraft than the Tiger.

Okol added that having two types of jet fighters in PAF service fostered a healthy competition among the pilots flying the F-5 and F-8 which is centered on being the best.

"But when we (PAF) only operated it for 10 years as it was already old when the time we got it," he added.

Added to the fact that the F-8 consumes a large amount of fuel, something that the cash-strapped PAF was ill afford to accommodate.

Adding to the woes of the F-8s in PAF service was the difficulty of finding spare parts for the plane, a severe problem as the primary operator of the fighter jet, the United States, retired the type a year earlier.

These factors prompted the Philippines to ground the F-8s by 1988.

The aircraft was finally withdrawn from service in 1991 after they were badly damaged by the Mount Pinatubo eruption, and have since been offered for sale as scrap. (PNA)

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2019, 02:15:57 AM »

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Photos taken from wikipedia.org

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“Last of the Gunfighters” – Vought F-8H Crusader at the PAF Aerospace Museum (April 2018)
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Although the primary weapon of the F-8 were 4 x 20mm cannons, these were supplemented with AIM-9 Sidewinder Air to Air missiles mounted on fuselage side rails – PAF Aerospace Museum (April 2018)
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Photos taken from acesflyinghigh.wordpress.com


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Re: PAF Vought F-8H Crusader
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2021, 11:33:47 PM »
Good day. Does anyone have any information regarding the program's cost. There are claims that this remains as the biggest purchase for the PAF when adjusted for inflation.