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Anigrand #AA2050 1/72 Vought XF7U-1 / F7U-1 Cutlass



 
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Kit #AA2050. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In June 1945, the U.S. Navy launched competition for a fighter to have the capability to fly at 600 mph high speed. Vought submitted the Model V-346 design, which was based from German Arado’s tailless fighter documents. Vought’s engineers believed that deleting the tailplane would solve aerodynamic problem to increase maximum speed. In June 1946, Navy chose Vought’s design as the winner and ordered three prototypes, designated the XF7U-1 Cutlass. The first prototype made its first flight in September 1948. Performance was excellent, but engine problems with the early jet affected its reliability. With the outbreak of the Korean War, the U.S. Navy urgently needed this super fighter to enter in service, even though all three prototypes crashed in accidents. A total of 14 production aircrafts were made, but they continued to result in fatal accidents. In 1951, in hope to improve the F7U-1, Vought redesigned the aircraft to become the F7U-3. The remaining F7U-1s were grounded and assigned to training command in 1952.


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