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Vought F3U

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The Vought F3U-1 was the prototype of a two seat, all metal biplane fighter built by Vought Aircraft Company of Dallas, Texas for the U.S. Navy. The aircraft was equipped with a closed cockpit, had fixed landing gear, and was powered by a Pratt and Whitney R-1535-80 radial air-cooled engine. Only one aircraft was built, in 1933, as the Navy no longer was interested in two seat fighters. The F3U-1 subsequently evolved into the SBU-1 Corsair dive bomber.

Specifications (F3U-1)

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two: pilot, navigator
  • Length: 27 ft 10 in (8.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 3 in (10.1 m)
  • Height: 11 ft 11 in (3.6 m)
  • Wing area: 295 ft² (27.4 m²)
  • Empty weight: 3,435 lb (1,558 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,297 lb (2,402 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1× Pratt and Whitney R-1535-80 Twin Wasp Jr. double row radial air-cooled engine, 700 hp (518 kW)



  • three 7.62 mm machine guns