Vought F6U Pirate

The Vought F6U Pirate was the Vought company’s first jet fighter, designed for the United States Navy during the mid-1940s.

Although pioneering the use of turbojet power as the first naval fighter with an afterburner and composite material construction, the aircraft proved to be underpowered and was judged unsuitable for combat.

None were ever issued to operational squadrons and they were relegated to development, training, and test roles before they were withdrawn from service in 1950.

Variants

XF6U-1

Three prototypes, two with a Westinghouse J34-WE-22 turbojet engine, one with a J34-WE-30 with afterburner.

F6U-1

Afterburner-equipped production version, 30 built, 35 cancelled.

F6U-1P

Conversion of one F6U-1 for photo-reconnaissance.

Specifications

 Crew

1

Length

37 ft 7 in (11.46 m)

Wingspan

32 ft 10 in (10 m)

Height

12 ft 11 in (3.39 m)

Wing area

203.4 sq ft (18.9 m2)

Empty weight

7,320 lb (3,320 kg)

Gross weight

12,900 lb (5,850 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Westinghouse J34-WE-30A turbojet, 3,150 lbf (14.0 kN) thrust dry, 4,224 lbf (18.79 kN) with afterburner

Performance

Maximum speed

596 mph (959 km/h, 517 kn)

Range

1,170 mi (1,880 km, 1,020 nmi)

Service ceiling

46,260 ft (14,100 m)

Rate of climb

8,060 ft/min (40.95 m/s)

Wing loading

63.4 lb/sq ft (304 kg/m2)

Thrust/weight

0.327

Armament

Guns

4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) M3 cannon under the nose.

 

 

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