May 112011
Vought V-358 Attack — Fighter Design Study

In 1947, at the request of the Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer), Chance Vought Aircraft conducted a comprehensive design study of long range carrier based fighters. The purpose of the study was to determine the airplane performance, size and optimum arrangement with various available power plants, including turbojet, turboprop and reciprocating engines. The effect of reducing […]

Mar 272011
Vought XF8U-1 Crusader Mock-up Photos

The Vought XF8U-1 airplane Mock-Up Inspection was held on September 16-18, 1953 at the Chance Vought Division, United Aircraft Corporation, Dallas, Texas. The XF8U-1 was a development model of a supersonic, single engine carrier-based day fighter type aircraft: Intended Use—Its intended use was to maintain air superiority in daylight fair weather both over friendly Task Forces […]

Mar 222011
Vought V-383 / V-384 Day Fighter (Original F8U Crusader Proposal)

Vought’s submission to the OS-130 Day Fighter competition of 1953 was the V-383/-384; needless to say, it was an excellent proposal that yielded one the best fighters of the mid-20th century, the F8U Crusader. In the introduction to its proposal, Vought noted that in the design of a new fighter airplane, two fundamental approaches could […]