The US Navy's development of their first-ever jet fighters was a long and painful process, marked with many accidents, design errors, and even deaths. From these bitter trials emerged a completely new generation of American Carrier aircraft that ran on jet propulsion, and brought naval airpower into the second half of the 20th century.
The aircraft you will learn about in this presentation was NOT part of that solution. It was a dead-end bridge that cost the US taxpayer dearly in money (and nearly lives as well) without any possibility of payoff.
The F6U Pirate nearly brought-down the Chance-Vought corporation whose F4U Corsair won the air war at sea in the Second World War, because it did everything wrong.
The F6U Pirate's aerodynamics were stubby, and it had too much drag. It was made from crazy, over-elaborate materials that none of it's competitors required. The Navy and Vought were too busy sending it's assembly line on a grand tour of the US, to actually park it in any location long enough to begin mass production. Vought refused to conduct essential testing, and paid the price in frequent re-designs. The number ordered by the Navy was too small for it to use on enough Aircraft Carriers to even justify the program's very existence. The Navy never even needed it, because it had better jet fighters that were ALREADY IN SERVICE. And it's engine was a useless P.O.S. that was not only ridiculously underpowered for it's class and era, but also broke down on a regular basis, and sometimes suddenly exploded.
Yes, the engine sometimes exploded. The Pirate sucked THAT much.
And yet, there's more --- SO much more. Watch and see for yourself.
NOTE: Once again, meaninter03 has come through for me, and edited this presentation's script for spelling and grammar!
Finally, note that this is a lot longer than most of my presentations, at over 110 frames, and over 22 minutes in length. I don't like to make movies this long (any more than you like to sit through them), but there wasn't quite enough space or information to make this a 2-part presentation.
That said, here are my sources...
"The World's Worst Aircraft", by Jim Winchester (Barnes & Noble, 2005)www.456fis.org/VOIGHT_F6U_PIRA…www.military.cz/usa/air/post_w…blog.usni.org/2009/03/27/fligh…www.navalhistory.org/2010/04/0…www.airwar.ru/enc/fighter/f6u.…www.voughtaircraft.com/heritag…www.voughtaircraft.com/heritag…www.voughtaircraft.com/heritag…www.voughtaircraft.com/heritag…aviationtrivia.blogspot.com/20…www.kamov.net/american-aircraf…tanks45.tripod.com/Jets45/Hist…www.arkansasairandmilitary.com…www.airvectors.net/avcrus_1.ht…