A Tribute to some Long-serving
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|"the Last & the Best" - VFP-206 RF8-G's were retired at Andrews AFB nearly 10 years ago.|
No digital stuff here. Round object at top is forward camera view. VFP-206 RF-8's were the last dedicated Naval photo aircraft.
These two illustrate the transition to low-viz paint and the F8's variable incidence wing.
"The first and the last". XF8U on right, high time (7,000+ hours) RF8G on left. The latter is at the Smithsonian's Dulles storage facility now - XF8 went from Smithsonian to Seattle Museum of Flight.
|Test Pilot Rober Konrad, who flew the XF8U (1955?) was guest at disestablishment ceremony|
|more Crusaders||and still more Crusaders|
|The "Jersey Devils" traded their Darts in for F-16's not long after these photos were taken in 1987 (note 106B's on left).|
"the Shack" paid a visit to Dulles Airport on the way home from one of a very few visits to the U.S. A few months later, in July of 1991, the Shackleton's "Griffin Growl" would be heard no more after more than 40 years service.
Update courtesy of Steve P. - The aircraft shown here - WL790 - is a now
member of the Polar Aviation Museum
in Blaine, Minnesota.