Aviation Photo #1152444 Vought F-8C Crusader - NASA

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F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft. This research aircraft was the first airplane to fly using a digital fly-by-wire electronic flight-control system with no mechanical backup system. The initial system utilized components from the Apollo spacecraft guidance and control system. Digital fly-by-wire flight-control systems are now being incorporated into the designs of the most modern commercial transport airplanes, and are routinely used on nearly all new military aircraft. First flight: May 25, 1972.
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    Miguel Snoep
    NASA
    Vought F-8C Crusader
    Vought V-383 F8U/F-8 Crusader
    Vought V-383 F8U/F-8 Crusader
    Vought
    NASA802
    145546
    Edwards - AFB
    California
    USA
    April 14, 2005
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