The Vought V-173 designed by Charles Zimmerman
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XF5U-1 never flew despite the simulations below
It also flew in the imagination of a comic book artist of the late forties
I took out the dialogue balloons and the man in the picture, to focus on the aircraft drawing
Jet version concept
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XTBU-1, Vought designed this aircraft and built the experimental version, but it was manufactured by Consolidated as Vought had their hands full with F4Us and OS2Us. The airframe was used to build the next shown aircraft, the VS 326 which was used as a test bed for P&W enginesin development
VS 326 showing engine mount
Demonstration of commercial use
Projected appearance of the C-142
Another view of a projected C-142
Advanced Jet VTOL Designs termed "ADAM"
One of the reasons Vought is currently the world's largest independent aerostructures subcontractor and no longer an airframe manufacturer is because of politics, bad luck, and getting beat in key proposals with the military. Vought was not the only victim of competititve and political actions forcing them from their time honored role, particularly with the U. S. Navy. Gone also from the ranks of airframe manufacturers is Fairchild, Republic and to a lesser extent - North American. Others have found it necessary to merge companies to survive thus we have Northrop Grumman, McDonnell-Douglas, Lockheed - Martin.
Nine prime contractors designed and flew a total of at least 40 distinct jet fighter designs during the period -1940s and 1950s. In 1961 at the beginning of a second
period of development, five of these contractors remained widely recognized leaders in Air Force fighter R&D: General Dynamics/Convair, North American, Republic, Lockheed, and Northrop. Between 1945 and 1961, these five contractors developed and flew a total of 22 fighter and eight bomber designs. Convair, North American, and Republic constituted the first tier of fighter developers for the Air Force, with a total of 15 fighter designs and seven bomber designs among them that were developed and flown. Lockheed and Northrop made up a second tier of fighter developers for the Air Force, having flown seven fighter and one
bomber designs during the earlier period. The four leading Navy fighter developers were - Grumman, McDonnell, Vought, and Douglas. They designed and flew a total of 18 fighters during the period 1940s - 1950s.
Between 1961 and 1977, the number of distinct new tactical fighter designs developed and flown declined significantly to under ten. An example of some of these are the ATA, AX, IFA, LWF, NATF, TFX, VFAX, VFX Request For Proposals. As a result, the four contractors mentioned above in effect exited from the fighter R&D business because of their failure to win new contracts.Go to a link showing Vought's design efforts during the 1960s - 1970 other than the F-8 and A-7, including the , V-1000, V-1100, V-1600, V-1601>
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