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The F-8 Crusader was the US Navy's first supersonic, carrier-based jet fighter. In September 1951, The US Navy announced a call for competitive bids from eight aircraft manufacturing companies for a new carrier-based fighter. Chance Vought won the bid with it's F-8 Crusader that incorporated a 42-degree swept-wing design to achieve the high-speed requirement.
The wing was also unique in providing a two-position, variable incidence wing which allowed the pilot to hydraulically raise it 7 degrees to enable the aircraft to land and takeoff at slow speeds while maintaining the fuselage parallel to a carrier deck or runway for excellent visibility by the pilot. Armed with four 20mm cannons, the Crusader was a gunfighter and considered a pure air-superiority aircraft by its pilots. It was also capable of carrying an ordinance load of 4000 lbs including AIM-9 "sidewinder" air-to-air missiles, and "Zuni" air-to-ground rockets. The Crusader had a very impressive combat record with the Navy and Marine Corps in Vietnam and was nicknamed "the MiG killer" because of its numerous victories over these jets.