Vought V-141
1936
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Vought V-141

When, on 30 July 1935, the experimental Northrop 3A single-seat fighter was lost over the Pacific, the Northrop Corporation elected to discontinue development of this type. Anxious to participate in the USAAC single-seat pursuit contest for which it had been designed, Chance Vought Aircraft acquired the rights to the Northrop 3A early in 1936, and, on 29 March, 43 days after the decision to build the aircraft had been taken, a modified prototype was flown as the V-141. The Vought aircraft adhered closely to the Northrop design, apart from having a new undercarriage and a shorter-chord engine cowling housing a marginally more powerful Pratt & Whitney R-1535-A5G Twin Wasp Junior 14-cylinder radial rated at 750hp. The V-141 displayed poor directional control and spinning characteristics and was rejected by the USAAC. In an attempt to improve the handling characteristics of the V-141, the rudder was substantially enlarged and the tailplane redesigned, the fighter being redesignated V-143.

Vought V-141


Specification 
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2009 kg4429 lb
    Empty weight1594 kg3514 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan10.21 m34 ft 6 in
    Length6.95 m23 ft 10 in
    Height2.94 m10 ft 8 in
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed441 km/h274 mph
    Range1133 km704 miles

Comments
marry, 21.06.2011

In an attempt to improve the handling characteristics of the V-141, the rudder was substantially enlarged and the tailplane redesigned, the fighter being redesignated V-143.

, 21.06.2011

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