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Vought F6U Pirate

Vought F6U Pirate

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

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A specification was issued by the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer) for a single-seat, carrier-based fighter powered by a Westinghouse 24C (later J34) axial turbojet on 5 September 1944. Chance Vought was awarded a contract for three V-340 (company designation) prototypes on 29 December 1944.


The XF6U was a small aircraft with tricycle landing gear and with straight wings and tail surfaces. The wings were short enough that they did not need to fold. To fit more aircraft into crowded hangars, the nose gear could be retracted and the aircraft’s weight would rest on a small wheel attached by the ground crew. This raised the tail up so that it could overlap the nose of the aircraft behind it, allowing more aircraft to fit into available hangar space. The turbojet engine was mounted in the rear fuselage and was fed by ducts in each wing root.

Operational History

The Vought F6U Pirate was the Vought company’s first jet fighter, designed for US 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ever issued to operational squadrons and they were relegated to development, training, and test roles before they were withdrawn from service in 1950.

RoleFighter aircraft
ManufacturerChance Vought
First flight2 October 1946
StatusCancelled in 1950
Number built33




 United States


Although the F6U had a very short operational career, one example remains intact (122479, Vought production number 2) and has undergone restoration by the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation, at the Vought plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. As of 2012, the aircraft is currently at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola Florida.[14]

General characteristics

  • 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



  • 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


Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

The company was established on 10 December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types