The Museum of Flight located in Everett, Washington is undertaking restoration of a Vought F-8 Crusader, known as
the greatest fighter ever developed. However this isn’t just any F-8. The aircraft undergoing restoration is BuNo: 138899, was the first F-8 built served as the prototype for a production run totaling 1219 aircraft.
‘899’ made 509 flights during five years of flight testing, after which it was donated to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 1960. After being stored at the Silver Hill, Maryland restoration facility for a number of years, and a few other intermediate stops, the airplane was moved to the Museum of Flight’s Restoration Center in Everett, Washington, where it is currently under restoration.
Here’s how 899 currently looks in the restoration hangar at the Museum of Flight:
Here’s 899 undergoing painting:
Its an interesting restoration and the restoration staff is doing a great job. I’m sure will have more on this in the future.