Air Enthusiast 1999-07
A.Bedford - Early American Carrier Jets (2)
Cutlass went through considerable development, it paved the way for the superb Crusader. Late series F7U-3M with an F8U-1.
Skipper of VF-51, Cdr Peter Aurand, made the only deck-run takeoff with an FJ-1. He barely dribbled off the bow of the USS ‘Boxer’. All further launches were by catapult.
A North American XFJ-1 in flight.
FJ-1 BuNo 120347, was used at ‘Pax’ River by both Electronics Test and Tactical Test, serving out its days with the reserves at NAS Olathe, Kansas
Towards the end of the Korean War, the No.3 XFJ-2 BuNo 39055 flies wing on the No.3 XFJ-1 133756. The first three XFJ-2s were essentially navalised F-86E Sabres, one with armament changed and two with hooks and catapult fittings.
North American FJ-1 Fury.
Towards the end of the Korean War, the No.3 XFJ-2 BuNo 39055 flies wing on the No.3 XFJ-1 133756. The first three XFJ-2s were essentially navalised F-86E Sabres, one with armament changed and two with hooks and catapult fittings.
No.3 XF7U-1 122474 prior to fitting the Solar afterburners to the J34s.
Cutlass went through considerable development, it paved the way for the superb Crusader. Late series F7U-3M with an F8U-1.
The pilot-first Cutlass surprisingly had poor landing visibility from the cockpit. F7U-1 124415 takes off from the ‘cat’ on CVB-41.
View of BuNo 128451, the first production F7U-1.
F7U "Катлэсс"
View of BuNo 128451, the first production F7U-1.
Pilot of late-model F7U-3s enjoyed excellent visibility, even to the rear
First of the XF7U-1S, BuNo 122474 shows the clean lines and advanced concepts that intrigued the Navy
Vought F7U-3 Cutlass.
The 30 production F6U-1 Pirates (BuNo 122491 illustrated) averaged only 31.5 hours of flight time each before being scrapped.
Vought F6U-1 Pirate.