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Vought F7U Cutlass

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The Vought F7U Cutlass swept flying wing design had a large central nacelle and two substantial vertical tail surfaces. The first U.S. fighter designed from the start to use afterburners. Three prototype XF7U-1 (122472-122474) were built. The first flying on 29 September 1948.
 
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Vought XF7U-1 122474
 
1950 production was 20 F7U-1 (124415-124434) as trainers.
 
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S/ns 125322-125409 were assigned for F7U-2s, but production was cancelled.

 

After 14 F7U-1's, the Cutlass was in production for the U.S. Navy in 1951 as the F7U-3 interceptor and F7U-3P photo-reconnaissance aircraft with lengthened nose containing cameras. 288 F7U-3 (128451-128478 and 139868-139917 et al) were built, with a redesign, radar gunsight, four 20mm cannon; and two 4600 lb J46-WE-8A engines.
 
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Vought F7U-3
 
Built in 1954 were the F7U-3M missile platform and F7U-3P photo-recon version.

 

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Vought F7U-3P

 

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F7U-1 Cutlass
Engines: 2 x Westinghouse J34-WE-32
Wingspan: 38'8"
Length: 39'7"
Speed: 672 mph
Range: 1170 mi
Ceiling: 41,400 ft
Armament: 6x20 mm. cannon
Seats: 1

 

F7U-3
four 20m
Engines: 2 x J46-WE-8A, 4600 lb
Length: 44'3"
Speed: 610 mph
Range: 660 mi
Ceiling: 40,000 ft

 

F7U-3P
Naval photo- reconnaissance aircraft
Engines: 2 x Westinghouse J46-WE-8A turbojets, 4,800 lb. thrust
Wingspan: 38 ft. 8 in.
Loaded weight: 20,000 lb
Max speed: 670 m.p.h.
Ceiling: Over 45,000 ft.
Crew: 1
Armament: None

 

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