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Vought F6U-1 Pirate


The Vought XF6U Pirate first flew in October 1946. The Pirate was conceptually a less advanced aeroplane, although it did provide its pilot with excellent fields of vision from a bubble canopy very close to the nose. This cockpit position was made possible by the use of wing-root inlets for the 3000-lb (1361-kg) thrust Westinghouse J34-WE-2 2 turbojet. Additional power was provided later by the 4200-lb (1905-kg) thrust J34-WE-30A engine, and this improved performance to the level at which 30 production aircraft were ordered. It took 18 months for these to reach the navy, and in this time the pace of development had been such that more modern types such as the Grumman F9F Panther and McDonnell F2H Banshee were offering much improved performance.



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