Vought f7u cutlass carrier fighter jet seeing that the lead in fighter development was falling to the air force, the us navy ordered the radical sweptwing, twintailed cutlass f7u in 1946. A vought f7u cutlass restoration is on its way to fly again one day, thanks to the efforts of project cutlass. Read on wikipedia edit history talk page print download pdf. F7u cutlass us navy aircraft, us military aircraft. Musciano and kitted by scientific models in the united states owned by mr. Ag senior designer waldemar voigt, who supervised the development of numerous experimental jet fighters in nazi germany. Im sure a lot of you recognise this kit as being pretty crude, devoid of much detail, and just about everything else that modellers these days desire in a model. Vertical file collection maintained by vought aircraft industries, inc. Project cutlass vought f7u restoration the warbird watcher. It was a highly unusual, semitailless design, allegedly based on aerodynamic data and plans captured from the german arado company at the end of world war ii, though vought designers denied any link to the german research at the time.
The vought f8 crusader originally f8u was a singleengine, supersonic, carrierbased air superiority jet aircraft built by vought for the united states navy and marine corps, replacing the vought f7u cutlass, and for the french navy. Because of development problems with the powerplant, however, the f7u2 would never be built. No operational history, beyond a couple of brief pilot summaries of experiences. Vought s visionary fighter to navy pilots in the early 1950s, the sweptwing f7u cutlass looked like a fighter of the future, but they soon learned looks can be deceiving. Why give your material to a publisher anyway cut out the middle man, deal with your. But for a series of problems and unfortunate events, it is conceivable that the iconic u.
All results related to vought f7u cutlass found on 80 scale modeling websites and the scalemates kit database. Appendix iii the chronological development of the vought f4u corsair. The vought f7u cutlass is a navalized fighter aircraft that served in the u. Chance voughtltv history university of texas at dallas. Vought f7u cutlass simple english wikipedia, the free. In the early jet age, pilots had good reason to fear the f7u military. In 1946, the navy embarked on the development of the chance vought f7u 1 cutlass, a highperformance, carrierbased jet fighter that would be equal, if not superior, to any landbased fighter. Some vought f7u cutlass were modified for aerial reconnaissance as f7u 3p. The vought f7u cutlass was a united states navy carrierbased jet fighter and fighterbomber of the early cold war era.
Most of these models had carved balsa fuselages, one piece wing and all accessories except engine, paint and glue. Chauncey milton vought was born february 26, 1890, in new york city to the welltodo and. It was tailless for compactness and weight reduction and incorporated afterburning jet engines for transonic speed performance and unparalleled rate of. Vought developed one of the first naval jets, the f6u pirate.
Feighnter was assigned as the navys project pilot for the vought f7u cutlass. It was used for the cold war, from american aircraft carriers. See more ideas about military aircraft, fighter jets and aviation. The book gives much more weight to the xf7u1 f7u 1 aircraft 17 of them than on the more numerous 3. F7u cutlass airplane model made from hand carved and painted mahogany wood. From july 23 to august 14, 1951, he performed carrier suitability tests of the cutlass on board the uss midway.
The new nose extended forward an additional 25 inches. Media in category vought f7u cutlass the following 61 files are in this category, out of 61 total. Worst jet aircraft in the history part crew daily us military aircraft, us. Chance vought the early history of vought aeronautics is in part the biography of its founder chance milton vought, pioneer pilot, aeronautical engineer, and aircraft manufacturer whose company bore his name.
General services administration utilization and disposal service. Feightner was assigned as the navys project pilot for the vought f7u cutlass, a carrierbased jet fighterbomber with swept wings and an unusual tailless design. Exceptional coverage of the us navys first sweptwing, afterburner equipped, tailless jet fighter. That said, with a model like this, it does not really matter. Quote this is one of a series of semiscale models designed by walter a.
Its successor, the revolutionary but troublesome f7u cutlass, borrowed heavily from german jet technology. Pdf chance vought f7u 1 cutlass download full pdf book. This is the old kitech hobbycraft f7u 3m cutlass in 148th scale. The vought f7u cutlass would be host to the following first time achievements for any naval aircraft. At the aircrafts unveiling, the press was so stunned by its unusual appearance that the plane was given such nicknames as batlike, dartlike, praying mantis, preying petrodactyl, giant arrowhead and flying wing. Navy vought f8u crusader 1p reconnaissance aircraft. Fisher model and pattern 2 f7u3m cutlass kit first look. Navy vought f7u3 cutlass of attack squadron 212 va212 rampant raiders is launched from the aircraft carrier uss bon homme richard cva31. To avoid extreme nosedown forces, the cutlass was a tailless aircraft. It was a highly unusual, semitailless design, allegedly based on aerodynamic data and plans captured from the german arado company at the end of world war ii, though vought designers denied any link. It was a modified version of the f7u 3 with all armament provisions deleted and the existing radar nose replaced. The chance vought cutlass was probably the most radical fighter aircraft to ever achieve fleet service. The cutlass was a tailless navy fighter that first flew in 1948.
Al casby is the owner of two f7u cutlass airframes, which. Chance vought f7u cutlass multirole fighter x tier 1. Feightner survived a number of nearfatal incidents in the cutlass. Its swept wings had vertical fins and ailevator control surfaces. When the chance vought f7u cutlass first entered u. Chance vought xf5u flying pancake 1 chance vought f6u pirate 7 chance vought f7u cutlass 34 commonwealth ca15 kangaroo 3 convair xp81 1. Fs2004 vought f7u 3 cutlass type complete with base model download hits 3,308 compatibility filename f7u3v2. The chance vought f7u cutlass was the most radical fighter design ever to achieve fleet service. In september 1952, feightner returned to flight test as the development officer for air development squadron three vx3. The shocking resurrection of the f15 p38 lightning a history of ww2 in. It was an extremely aerodynamically advanced and mechanically complicated aircraft for its day. The cutlass was a sweptwing tailless singleseat carrierborne fighter which entered service with the us navy in several versions from 1952. Made into a pdf, but the dimensions are slightly off.
Vought f7u cutlass airplane models, model aircraft. The vought f7u cutlass was a united states navy carrierbased jet fighter and. It has been downloaded 35 times by fellow modelers from around the world. The vought f7u cutlass is a united states navy carrier based jet fighter and fighterbomber of the early cold war era. The material covered is true to the title, it covers the development history, though not in any great depth, up to the point of operational service then stops. He said the f7u1 cutlass, recalls feightner, at the time a navy test pilot with the. Because of the performance capabilities and flightpath stability of the f7u 3, it was selected for the photo reconnaissance mission and designated f7u 3p. Va212 was assigned to carrier air group 21 cvg21 for a deployment to the western pacific from 16 august 1956 to 28 february 1957. Air force f86 sabre would have had to share the glory of its killratio supremacy over the russian mig15 in the skies above korea with another sweptwing jet fighter named after a bladed weapon, the chance vought f7u cutlass. The first f8 prototype was ready for flight in february 1955.
Chance voughtltv history the university of texas at dallas. About the vought f7u 3 cutlass plan this plan is 1. Vought delivered the last of 98 new f7u 3ms august 12, 1955, and va83 made the first overseas deployment on intrepid to the mediterranean of a navy missile squadron in march 1956, when 11 cutlass squadrons were operating. Learning their lessons from the jetpowered f6u, the f7u was a unique design with two engines early jet engines were notoriously unreliable and. It was a highly unusual, semitailless design, allegedly based on. Vought f7u cutlass fighters war thunder official forum. Chance vought f7u cutlass usa 34 if you want share profiles of this aircraft with our visitors mail to webmaster mail to webmaster. The vought f7u cutlass was a united states navy carrierbased jet fighter and fighterbomber. It was a highly unusual, semitailless design, allegedly based on aerodynamic data and plans captured from the german arado company at the end of world war ii, though vought. Twelve unarmed f7u 3p photo planes in 195455 never became operational, but are included in the cutlass total of 307. Including a bonus pic of my messerschmitt 262 above a formation of b17s.1024 440 1097 1422 971 583 956 1657 1555 1313 1008 1098 1120 1155 1387 320 706 1266 1136 524 132 948 302 467 1524 519 142 1380 1171 65 367 631 524 1012 1407