A developed version of the original V-173 prototype, the XF5U-1 was a larger aircraft of all-metal construction, it was almost five times heavier, with two 1,400 hp (1,193 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2000 radial engines.
The XF5U design was promising: specifications given at the time promised great manoeuvrability and speeds up to 452mph (727km/h).
However, it came at the time when the United States Navy was switching from propeller driven to jet propelled aircraft.
By 1946, the XF5U-1 project was already long over its expected development time, and well over budget.
With jet aircraft coming into service, the Navy finally cancelled the project on 17 March 1947, and the prototype aircraft (V-173) was transferred to the Smithsonian Museum for display.
Although two aircraft were constructed, a lone XF5U-1 underwent ground runs but never overcame vibration problems.
Taxi trials at Vought’s Connecticut factory culminated in short “hops” that were not true flights.
The only completed XF5U-1 proved to be so structurally solid that it had to be destroyed with a wrecking ball.
28 ft 7 in (8.73 m)
32 ft 6 in (9.91 m)
14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
475 sq ft (44.2 m2)
13,107 lb (5,958 kg)
16,722 lb (7,600 kg)
Max take-off weight
18,772 lb (8,533 kg)
2 × Pratt & Whitney XR-2000-2 radial engine, 1,350 hp (1,007 kW) each
452 mph (727 km/h, 393 kn) at 28,000 ft (8,534 m)(estimated)