Two F-8E Crusader aircraft of U.S. Marine Fighter Squadron VMF (AW) 232 (Red Devils) prepare for takeoff on a mission
Da Nang Vietnam Date:1967, March 28 Duration:2 min 46 sec Sound:NO SOUND
United States Marine Corps pilot of Squadron VMF (AW) 232 (Red Devils), wearing flight suit and a red helmet, sits in the cockpit of an F-8E Crusader aircraft in Da Nang Vietnam. The name "Wheatley" is stenciled below the cockpit. The pilot raises two fingers to indicate start of number 2 engine. Ground crewman wearing noise suppressor headset acknowledges with two fingers.Ground crewman collects gear pins. Another ground crewman pulls chocks, hangs them on a rocket tube, and signals for the pilot to taxi. He pulls the chocks off the rocket tube as the aircraft taxis past, with its wings folded. The pilot, Major Cronkrite, unfolds wings and taxis to join the other F-8E, piloted by Wheatley, on the active runway.
(Note: On June 20, 1967 Major Charles Ligon Cronkrite experienced mechanical problems during a mission and ejected over water. He did not survive.)
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