Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
F8U-1 - Initial Production Model
F8U-1P - Reconnaissance Variant
F8U-1E - Limited All-Weather Model with improved radar system.
F8U-2 - Improved radar system; Improved fire control system; Uprated J57-P-16 powerplant generating 16,900lbs of thrust with afterburn.
F8U-2N - Updated avionics systems; Uprated J57-P-20 powerplant increasing thrust to 18,000lbs.
F8U-2NE - Improved all-weather model with updated radar and fire control systems.
F-8A - F8U-1 Model Redesignated
F-8B - F8U-1E Model Redesignated
F-8C - F8U-2 Model Redesignated
F-8D - F8U-2N Model Redesignated
F-8E - F8U-2NE Model Redesignated
RF-8A - F8U-1P Model Redesignated
F-8E(FN) - French Naval Export Version; blown flaps for reduced landing speeds and provision for French-based Matra air-to-air missile systems to replace AIM-9 Sidewinders.
F-8P - Refurbished F-8H models exported to the Philippine Air Force.