Vought XF2U-1
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Vought XF2U-1

Early in 1927, the US Navy BuAer conceived a requirement for a two-seat fighter for fleet defence and contracts were signed on 30 June for the XF2U-1 and the Curtiss XF8C-2. As it was found that the fighter could not be based, as at first hoped, on the O2U observation aircraft, considerable delay resulted in completing the Vought prototype, which was not flown until 21 June 1929. The XF2U-1 had a steel-tube fuselage, wooden wings and fabric skinning, power being supplied by a 450hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340C Wasp engine and armament comprising two 7.62mm machine guns in the upper wing centre section and a similar calibre weapon on a flexible mount in the rear cockpit. By the time that the XF2U-1 reached Anacostia for official evaluation, the BuAer had already placed a contract for further development of the competitive Curtiss fighter (XF8C-4), and although the Vought aircraft met all contractual guarantees it was rejected. Assigned to the Naval Aircraft Factory in February 1930 as a utility aircraft, it was damaged beyond repair on 6 March 1931.

Vought XF2U-1A three-view drawing (1280 x 948)

    Take-off weight1763 kg3887 lb
    Empty weight1148 kg2531 lb
    Wingspan10.97 m36 ft 0 in
    Length8.23 m27 ft 0 in
    Height305 m1001 ft 8 in
    Max. speed235 km/h146 mph
    Range797 km495 miles

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