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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=85355
Submitted by: Low-Tech Redneck
Comments: 3  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 08-26-2011
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The Vought F7U Cutlass. Holds the distinction of being the most ludicrously UNSAFE aircraft ever fielded by the US Navy, or for that matter, the US Armed Forces in general. About 1/4 of the ~200 aircraft built were lost in accidents, including 21 fatal crashes. Airmen dubbed it the "Gutless" due to notoriously poor engines that could flame-out by flying through RAIN


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8-26-2011 @ 04:32:40 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Hmmm... don't recall this plane appearing in my "World's Worst Aircraft" coffee table book... they must have missed this one.

8-26-2011 @ 04:42:13 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
In addition to anemic engines, the landing gear had a habit of collapsing, the ejection seat could fire without being ordered to do so, the hydraulics could (and did) totally fail without warning ( and the backup system took 10 seconds to come on, during which time the plane went wherever it had last been pointed ) When Chicago's O'Hare airport was built in 1953, the first plane to land there was a Cutlass, making an emergency landing after losing it's engines.... these things were GARBAGE. The engines were a notoriously poor design from Westinghouse, mechanics joked that a Westinghouse brand toaster could put out more heat.

12-09-2013 @ 08:29:22 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#2, All that said, most of the deficiencies were the result of technology not keeping pace with design, overall, the idea of a swept wing twin-engined jet interceptor/fighter wasn't flawed, you can see a lot of the later very successful F14 Tomcat in the Cutlass' lines, it's quite impressive to see something that got the overall shape of Naval Aviation through the early 21st century right, all the way back in 1950, but just botching that initial execution.

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