VX-3 F-8 Crusader Model
Fly with the VX-3 again with this F-8 Crusader model. Each model is carefully carved from wood and expertly painted to provide a unique and treasured piece.
Length: 18 inches
Wingspan: 11 inches
- 1957: VX-3 as JC-4.
- VF-11 as AB-207.
- Converted to DF-8A.
- 9/1969: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
- 5/1976: Salvaged.
Air Development Squadron 3 or VX-3 was a United States Navy air test and evaluation squadron established on 20 November 1948 and disestablished on 1 March 1960.
VX-3 was established by the merger of the assets of VA-1L and VF-1L and based at NAS Atlantic City, its aircraft carried the tail code “XC”.
In late 1949 VX-3 received the F6U Pirate which it operated for a short period before sending them into storage at NAS Quonset Point.
In March 1953 VX-3 began operational trials of probe and drogue aerial refueling using AJ-1 Savage bombers.
In late 1954 VX-3 carrier-qualified the F9F-8 Cougar aboard the USS Midway.
In August 1955 VX-3 F9F-8s successfully tested the first mirror landing system aboard USS Bennington.
VX-3 received the first F-8U-1 Crusaders in December 1956 and conducted carrier qualifications of the Crusader aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in April 1957. During testing of the Crusader two aircraft and pilots were lost. On 6 June 1957 a VX-3 Crusader set a US coast to coast speed record of three hours and twenty-eight minutes, launching from USS Bon Homme Richard on the West Coast and landing on USS Saratoga on the East Coast.