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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:33 pm 
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Any photos of Corsairs in the Dallas plant?


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Mikoyan29, I have a considerable number of A-7 Corsair II images and will post those in something close to chronological order.

BDK - I don't have any from within the plant - I have a ramp shot with aircraft waiting for test flights (F4U-5NLs) while an early F7U-1 Cutlass is getting ready to taxi out.

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Greetings All -

I'll finish up the Corsair images with this posting and then we'll move onto the XF5U and V-173 "Flying Pancakes".

Enjoy the Day! Mark

Here's the Kiwis...
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And the FAA (Royal Navy kind!)
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This one was used for testing the outboard vertical stabilizers for the F6U Pirate...
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and finishing up the Corsairs, the AU-1...
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Mark Nankivil wrote:
BDK - I don't have any from within the plant - I have a ramp shot with aircraft waiting for test flights (F4U-5NLs) while an early F7U-1 Cutlass is getting ready to taxi out.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Bring 'em on! :lol:


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:D Brit Corsairs!!
Top photo is of three a/c from 1850 sqdn, second is Kiwi unit, third is of a fresh factoty a/c. Any photo's of Brit corsair being built?
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Greetings All!

Here's a few of the V-173 "Flying Pancake" used as a test bed for the later XF5U - photos of that aircraft will be posted next.

Enjoy the Day! Mark

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Greetings All -

Here's the follow up to the V-173, the XF5U-1. It never flew and it's a shame the NACA did not take this on and fly it....

Enjoy the Day! Mark

The mock up -

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Wind tunnel model -

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A drawing of the power train - mismarked as V-173 but there's no way this is the power train for the V-173...

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The prototype -

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and a close up of the nose art - Bugs Bunny on a magic carpet...
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Mark Nankivil wrote:
Here's the Kiwis...

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As Merlin101 said, these aren't Kiwis, but (British) Royal Navy Corsairs, despite the caption! (the RNZAF marking was different as well.) You can just see 'Royal Navy' on the rear fuselage.

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Thanks Merlin 101 and JDK - corrected!

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Man, that flying pancake is cool!!! But then again, I also like the Transavia AirTruk and, of course.....pancakes! :D :lol:

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The drawing depicting the drivetrain is for the XF5U. It was powered with twin R2800s.

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Gary,

You are one sick individual if you like that AirTruck. That thing spells Ugly with a capital U.

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The engines were R-2000s, not 2800s,
according to the Ginter book.

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I had always read R2800s powered the XF-5U. I checked on the Vought site and it said the same thing. Of course as I read the following I see that someone typed in XF3U instead of 5.


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Model Number : XF3U-1
Model Name : Flying Pancake
Model Type: V/STOL Fighter



Specifications


Dimensions

Wingspan
32.50 ft

Overall Langth
28.62 ft

Height
16.96 ft

Aspect ratio of basic wing
1.275

Wing airfoil section (NACA)
0016

Wing aera less ailavators (48) sq ft
427

Weights and Capacities

Empty Weight
13107 lb

Gross Weight
* 16758 lb

Useful Load


Fuel Capacity
261 gal

Oil Capacity


Powerplant Characteristics

Type: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-7

Rating
1350 hp

Displacement


Weight


Size (length X diameter)


Performance

Maximum Speed, Sea Level
** 425 mph

Landing Speed, Sea Leavel
490 mph

Stall Speed, Sea Level


Initial Rate-of-Climb
*** 3000 ft/min

Cruise Speed, Sea Level


Range at Cruise Speed
**** 1152 miles

Service Ceiling


Absolute Ceiling
30700 ft




Crew: 1

Armament: Provisions for six 50-caliber Browning Machine Guns

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I've always thought 2800s too but in looking at the Vought drawings, they are noted as R2000-7 engines:

http://www.vought.com/heritage/html/down.html

What's the overall diameter of a 2000 vs. a 2800? Based on the photos and comparing it to the cockpit section, we may be able to sort out which is really used though I'm inclined to settle for the R2000 references from Vought and Ginter .

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