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Old 02-15-2020, 04:01 PM   #331
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Originally Posted by TLTeo View Post
Are you sure the F8 could pull no more than 6.5Gs? Even the F-104 could do 7.5 (granted, only at Mach ~0.9, but still).

There's a difference between cleared g-loads and g-loads the aircraft can achieve. In fact, it can achieve a lot more (one RF-8 pulled 11gs during missile-evasion and barely made it back).

Then there's fatigue. Several F-8s had their wings pulled off during violent maneuvering. Busting g-limits several times for years did have a negative impact. That and the corrosive environment.

The F-8Js got an entirely new wing - good for a good 4000hrs of service life.
Same for all the other refurbished birds (e.g. F-8H, K, L).

Check out this Vn-diagram buried in the Have Doughnut report:
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