According to Paul Gilchrist, The F-8 and F-4 were essentially opposites of each other. The F-8 was a breeze to take off, what with the variable incidence wing, while the F-4 had a habit of nosing up to the point of trying to depart if you let it (think Cobraing at 40 feet…).
The Phantom on the other hand was, once configured, stable as a rock in the approach (to the point the F-14 was considered a downgrade), while the F-8 was an absolute handful.
That said, I’ve never been great with the Phantom. Did they finally Tacpack the S?