MAY 1959 Vol. 14 No. 5
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F e a tu re
Stratofortresses (cover) ...
Fighter Force (spotting test) ......................................
Navy Cut ( editorial) ..................................................
*lt’s a Carve-Up! (Thunderbolt)
*W h o ’s W h o — 2: Moscow and Vanguard
*Friend or Foe ! (Fagot and Mystere 4a)
Air Defence Up-to-date (Part I )— by John W . R. Taylor
Soviet Circus— 8: The TU-I 14 Rossiya
Oddities in the Air
*Short Sea Traders and Ocean Tankers
In Passing; Book Review
* W e ’re a Couple of Tramps ! ...
Solutions to Tests and Lessons ...
I 1 9
h e f i r s t CHANCE VOUGHT CRUSADER, the
F8U-I, holds an official U.S. speed record at 1,015 m.p.h.
and is doubtless capable of improving upon that figure.
Its successor, the F8U-2, may be considered to have a speed
potential even higher, evidenced by the fitting of shallow
ventral fins to maintain directional stability at the top end of
its speed range. The F8U-3 Crusader III, when unveiled,
was shown to have appreciably larger stabilisers than the
F8U-2; and flight testing showed even these to afiord only a
marginal degree of stability, with the result that a large
chordwise broadening of the vertical tail was added for further
effect. From all this, coupled with official statements that
the Crusader 1 1 1 was “capable of combat at more than twice
the speed of sound,” we may conclude that this all-weather
carrier fighter has a speed performance at least comparable
with the U.S. Air Force's latest acquisition, the F-104 Star-
lighter. The Crusader III was evaluated alongside another
lighter built to the same requirements, the McDonnell
F4H-I; Congress told the U.S. Navy that it could only
have sufficient funds to purchase one of these aircraft, and in
the event the decision went in favour of the McDonnell
Since it was in competition with the Crusader for the U.S.
Navy's affections, it may be taken that the performance of
the McDonnell F4I I-I is at least as good as that of the Chance
Vought machine. The fact that it carries both pilot and radar
operator, and that it has two engines, were deciding factors
in its final selection. The F4H-1 is 56 feet long, has a wing
span of 38 feet 5 inches and will be able to carry improved
air-to-air missiles such as the Sparrow and the Sidewinder.
The manufacturers claim that it will have the greatest range
of any U.S. Navy jet fighter yet, and it will be able to refuel in
flight by either the "probe and drogue” or the “ buddy"
system. So far the F4H-I has not received a Service name,
but knowing McDonnell's taste for the supernatural we may
expcct something pretty unorthodox and imaginative. The
aircraft is at present expected to be in service in the early
M c D O N N E L L F4H -I
115 M ay 1959