Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Vought Crusader III
There is some weird political story behind the Vought Crusader III. A small batch of aircraft was built and they were flown from Patuxant Naval Air Station for a time. The pilots delighted in showing the aircraft's superiority to the F-4 Phantom. Those demonstrations angered a political backer of the F-4 and he forced the navy to scrap the Vought Crusader III's so that there was no chance that anyone would want to produce the aircraft as a competitor to the Phantom. I would be interested to know who it was that forced the scrapping.