The Crusader III was the ultimate evolution of the already fabulous F8U Crusader: a Mach 2.5+ capable all-weather interceptor which competed against the McDonnell F4H Phantom. As we know the Phantom won out eventually, mainly because it had more useful payload and potential. A pity, the F8U-3 was an all-or-nothing engine/airframe marvel.
Lovely Vought’s artwork. “Hungry” chin inlet and huge retractable ventral fins., such a spellbinding aircraft.