& Markings: F-8E(FN) Crusader
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In June 1994, F-8P #3 (BuNo 151734) of Flotille 12.F based at Landivisiau
NAS received "invasion stripes" to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the Normandy landings. The F-8P (for Prolongé – extended
lifespan) was painted in a blue-grey similar to the RAF PRU Blue used
in World War II.
F-8E(FN) #34 of Flottille 12.F carrying two Matra 550 Magic II IR missiles.
French Crusaders could carry AIM-9 Sidewinders or French-built Magic I
and Magic II missiles. #34 was later refurbished to F-8P standard in August
1993. The F-8P was basically an overhauled F-8E(FN) with some extra avionics
and a RWR installed in the fin.
F-8P #11 of Flottille 12.F received a special livery for the retirement
of the type in 1999. Note the Donald Duck painted on the aircraft's back.
Due to attrition and wear, only half a dozen Crusaders were then left
This is F-8P #10 of Flotille 12.F. This aircraft is preserved in the Le
Bourget Air & Space Museum. Notice the “Donald Duck” unit
badge on the fin. A smaller version of it has also been painted under
F-8P #35 is now preserved in Savigny-les-Beaune with these markings. An
enlarged version of Flotille 12.F's Donal Duck mascot carrying a trident
instead of the usual shotgun is located on the fin, while the air intake
has been decorated with a sharkmouth, probably making #34 the most colourful
Crusader in French service.
Port view of n°35 as preserved in Savigny-les-Beaune, bearing a different
logo on the starboard side of the fin. This aircraft was modified to become
the F-8P prototype.