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Anyone have any experience with the F7U "Gutless Cutlass"



 
 
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Old December 28th 04, 04:40 AM
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Unfortunately, we were not at all impressed -
its T/O performance was marginal. W


A friend of mine who was flying Fords at the time told me about the time he was
in the hold short and a Cutlass was cleared for takoff. The guy pulled onto the
runway and lit both burners while sitting still with the brakes locked and it
didn't slide from the excess Thrust.
How much different our story would be if the engines were providing the
specified thrust instead of the ultimate DOG!
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Old December 31st 04, 02:56 AM
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Didn't they call it the "Ensign Eater?

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Old January 2nd 05, 12:11 AM
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w4okw wrote:
Didn't they call it the "Ensign Eater?

Tom


Not an unusual nickname, "Ensign Eater" or "Ensign Eliminator"
F4U's, F7U's, F3H's, for examples, were all so referred to.

Rich

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Old January 4th 05, 12:20 AM
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The Whale (A-3) was known as the "Ensign Killer" for a time.

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w4okw wrote:
Didn't they call it the "Ensign Eater?

Tom


Not an unusual nickname, "Ensign Eater" or "Ensign Eliminator"
F4U's, F7U's, F3H's, for examples, were all so referred to.

Rich



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Old May 21st 11, 08:32 PM
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I was wondering if there were any retired Naval Aviators who have
flight hours logged with the dreaded F7U Cutlass. I work at the
National Museum of Naval Aviation here in Pensacola. We currently have
one on display. Aesthetically speaking, it's a pretty nice looking
plane, but I have read a lot of negative things about it. Were the
flaws merely due to the low performance of the Westinghouse engine?
Were there other flaws? I would love to hear any stories from people
who flew this plane.
Thank you and Happy Holidays
A group of F7Us landed at NAHA Air force base to use NAF for refueling. The Air Force want to test it F86D against the F7U. The test was preformed by lining up one F86D and one F7U together at take off end of the runway. They both would leave with a signal from the tower.

Results: On the signal the left together. After a short distance the F7U fired it afterburner and left the runway surface. The F86D was left behind struggling to get enough air speed to lift off.

We were later told the F7U was a good aircraft carrier plane because one missed the a trap and hit the catch barrier. The plane was not fully stopped because the noise gear collapsed and the barrier did not bring the plan to a safe stop.

I am 76 year old. I was 18 in 1955 when the F7Us came to us. Everyone want to see the planes. I took pictures and I believe my grandson may now have them.
 




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