The Gutless Cutlass from Chancy Vought 

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Let’s keep going with planes. You’ve probably never heard of the F7U Cutlass, and that’s for good reason. Air & Space Magazine has an amusing feature on one of the least safe planes of all time.

“The Cutlass could be made into a pretty good flying machine with a few modifications,” wrote F7U-3 pilot John Moore in The Wrong Stuff, about his Navy flying days. “Like a conventional tail, tripling the thrust, cutting the nosewheel strut in half, completely redoing the flight control system, and getting someone else to fly it.”

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