Squadron history :
Air Development Squadron Three was established in November 1948 and tasked with evaluating new and existing naval aircraft, equipment and methods and also developing tactics and procedures for these.
Given this assignment, it is not surprising that VX-3 was one of the first units to receive the F8U-1 in December 1956, and was the first to operate the type in April 1957, from USS F. D. Roosevelt. VX-3 was the first unit to qualify for carrier operations but several aircraft were lost in accidents, in several cases killing their pilots.
VX-3 also wrote Crusader history on June 6, 1957, when Capt. Dosé and LCdr. Miller flew a distance of 2200 miles from the USS Bon Homme Richard off the west coast to the USS Saratoga on the east coast in a record 3 hours and 28 minutes.
VX-3 continued operating the Crusader, evaluating various systems, weapons and tactics before the unit was disbanded in March 1960.
Crusader models used: