Leatherneck announces F-8 Crusader, F4U progress

Taking on the responsibility of supporting the DCS: MiG-21bis and building the sometimes maligned Christen Eagle II aerobatic bi-plane, Leatherneck had been fairly silent about their progress on other products but we now know that their team is taking on a new challenge – at least that’s what their Facebook page is reporting today. Also we’re seeing some more progress on the F4U Corsair. Let’s check it out!

Corsair progress

In addition to the earlier images, we’re now seeing the Corsair fuselage for the first time. Leatherneck’s art ability and weathering is certainly impressive as are the little details. These are still early days for the F4U Corsair for DCS World but progress does appear to be coming along.

Enter the Crusader

Leatherneck is teasing us and have all but confirmed that the DCS: F-8 Crusader is something that they are also now working on.

Hey guys,
while we are making sure Corsair will shine in all its glory, the other team prepares to give wings to yet another amazing bird… You’ve heard the saying: “When you’re out of F-8’s – you’re out of fighters.”

Leatherneck Simulations Facebook page

The F-8 Crusader, the “Last of the Gunfighters,” was a US Navy fighter with an impressive 19:3 kill ratio earned during the Vietnam War. It also saw service with the French Navy and Philippine Air Force. The F-8 is very much a 1950s and 1960s era jet although it managed to last in service until the 1980s in various guises – it also played a role in fly-by-wire flight control testing with NASA.

More relevant to us, the F-8s mix of four 20mm cannons and early AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles combined with speed and agility made the F-8 Crusader a fearsome opponent. It had a top speed of Mach 1.8 and a service ceiling of 58,000 feet. .

More news on this as it comes out.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Francesco Kasta says:

    As a WWII buff, now more than ever I really wish DCS modules would be developed and released as a bulk of aircraft(s), proper assets and map… as much as I love the Corsair (and I do love her a lot), it won’t really make much sense in any of the theatres currently available.


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