A bit of O/T musing and remembrances from archives on the F7U...
...the Cutlass first flew less than 8 years after Sea Gladiators fought CR 42s over Malta; fighter aviation progress!...
...per a former USN Cougar driver who became a Chance-Vought engineer (and later, insurance agent), if the F7U been redesigned to use Wright J-65 (license-built Sapphire) or P&W J-52 engines, the Cutlass would have been a world-beater and the F-8 Crusader and maybe F-4 Phantom never have come to be...
...interestingly, a much-modified "F-7D" sporting those features and 2-place seating with big nose radar (look up "F-7D model image")was exhibited some time ago at an IPMS show with caption something like...
..."If the Cutlass wasn't gutless and the Phantom never flew, we'd-a 'been swatting MiGs in an F7U."
: She went into New York Navy Yard for SCB-125
: September 29, 1956.
: This photo shows her with steam catapults
: which were installed in 1954. Notice the
: jet blast deflector visible in the raised
: position behind the Cutlass. Not nearly as
: sophisticated as those in use today.