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When it built the Crusader, the US Navy's first supersonic aircraft, Vought repeated the success it had had with the legendary WWII fighter, the F4U Corsair. 1250 examples were built. This fighter with its unusual variable incidence wing, made its maiden flight in March 1955 and equipped more than seventy Navy and Marine Corps squadrons during its thirty year career.Used in combat as early as the autumn of 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis, the Crusader distinguished itself during the first part of the Vietnam War in which it scored eighteen confirmed kills, more than half of the US Navy's total of kills for the whole of the conflict, earning it the unofficial title of 'MiGMaster'.Replaced gradually by more effective fighters like the F-4 Phantom II and the F-14 Tomcat, the Crusader, nicknamed the 'Last Gunfighter' finished its career in the United States in the Reserve units or specializing in photographic reconnaissance at the end of the eighties.France, the only export client except for the Philippines, had Crusaders specially designed to operate from its small aircraft carriers, and the Aéronavale's last 'Crouze', and thereby the last F-8 in the world, was withdrawn from service in October 1999.