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crashed crew photo seat
Monday 15th March 1949 Chance Vought Aircraft Company XF7U-1 #2 aircraft Chance Vought Aircraft Company Test flight. Crashed in Chesapeake Bay, southern Maryland Test pilot William H. B. Millar
killed
  Vought
6th July 1950   Vought F7U-1 Cutlass 124416   Control system failure Pilot killed   Vought
7th July 1950 Chance Vought Aircraft Company XF7U-1 122474
#3 aircraft
Chance Vought Aircraft Company engine fire during display at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Test Pilot W. Paul Thayer
ejected
[personal testimony]
  Vought
  Chance Vought Aircraft Company XF7U-1 #1 aircraft Chance Vought Aircraft Company take-off crash Test Pilot Paul Thayer   Vought
28th September 1950   Vought F7U-1 Cutlass 124417 NAS Dallas, Mountain Creek Lake Texas, USA Ran off runway into the lake Pilot OK   Vought
23rd June 1953 Chance Vought Vought F7U -3 Cutlass 128451 NAS Dallas Ground looped while landing     Vought
17th March 1954   Vought F7U -3 Cutlass       CDR C. A. Williams
ejected
  Vought
7th April 1954 Vought Vought F7U-3 Cutlass     Post stall gyration N. McGuyrt
ejected ejected
  Vought
26th July 1954   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LT F. C. Nugent
ejected
  Vought
4th August 1954 Vought Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       H. T. Bracket
ejected
  Vought
24th September 1954   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       ENS M. W. E. White
ejected
  Vought
18th November 1954   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       ENS J. R. Sears
ejected
  Vought
11th December 1954   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LTJG J. W. Hood
ejected
  Vought
11th January 1955   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LTJG J. D. Lindsay
ejected
  Vought
20th January 1955   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass 129548 VC-3
NAS Moffet Field, California
Went into flat spin during search for
a missing aircraft from NAS Moffett
LT H. G. Sickel
 ejected safely
with some minor injuries
Vought
 

It is thought that Bud also bailed out of a USAF F-86D that had  an engine malfunction while he was doing exchange duty with the 82nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Hamilton AFB. But sadly, I have been unable to get copies of his Log Books to give you a definitive answer regarding the planes number or details of the accident. He was killed on 13th July 1956 while flying an FJ-3 Fury 136091 at Patuxent River

30th May 1955   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LCDR P. O. Harrell
ejected
  Vought
8th July 1955   Vought F7U-3M Cutlass 129728 VA-83 hydraulic failure near NAS Oceana LCDR F. C. Turner ejected safely suffered severe back injuries   Vought
14th July 1955   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass D 412 VF-124
USS Hancock
Ramp strike     Vought
21st November 1955   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LT F. A. Downs
ejected
  Vought
16th December 1955   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       ENS J. G. Curtis
ejected
  Vought
1st February 1956   Vought F7U-3M Cutlass       LT B. Montgomery
ejected
  Vought
10th March 1956   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LT C. N. Birdwell
ejected
  Vought
12th March 1956   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LTJG S. O. Hesla
ejected
  Vought
22nd June 1956   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LTJG W. J. Doody
ejected
  Vought
10th July 1956   Vought F7U-3M Cutlass       LCDR J. P. Murray
ejected
  Vought
13th July 1956   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LTJG G. W. Morey
ejected
  Vought
17th August 1956   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       LT L. P. Morgan
ejected
  Vought
14th November 1956   Vought F7U-3 Cutlass       ENS H. H. Strong Jr.
ejected
  Vought
26th November 1956   Vought F7U-3M Cutlass       LT W. M. Earley, Jr.
ejected
[could the surname be Barley ??]
  Vought
2nd February 1957   Vought F7U-3M Cutlass       LTJG J. A. Shields
ejected
  Vought
18th April 1957   Vought F7U-3M Cutlass       LTJG G. W. Baird
ejected
  Vought
                 
                 

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Last Updated Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:37

 

 

I know of one ejection from the Cutlass.It happened when we were on a med cruise in the early 50s, We were based off the ship { Ticnderoga CVA 14 ] We were based at Port Lyutey North Africa.I cant remember the exact date of the incident.I think the Pilot was Lt Tesla or Hesla. He told us later as he was flying at pretty high altitude he heard an muffled explsion, he throttled back and all seemed ok, when he advanced the throttles it exploded again so he ejected.He knew from weather reports the cloud layer was about 10,000 feet and since he was so high in smmer flight gear he elected to free fall until he got to a lower altitude.He said as he was falling his arms were spread eagled out due to the centrifugal force found it exceedingly difficult to pull his arms in to actuate the rip cord.He landed in the dessert and was greeted by a band of arabs who couldnt speak or undrstand english.They thought he was a god from heaven. He said he gave them things from his flight suit, whistles etc. He feared for his life at this point.He related theytook him into a tent and tried to give him tea.He said that near where he had landed he saw some wreckage and told us he picked up a metal placard that told how to service the planes hydraulic system..He heard a prop plne and used his signal mirror to alert a passing Airforce search plane that happened by looking for a missing Airforce plane.They sent a helicopter to bring him back, told him he was lucky as when a plane crashed the arabs would scavage it, would hide by covering with tents to prevent anyone from seeing it from the air etc.I do remember him telling us how he pushed his watch up his sleeve so they wouldnt steal it..He was back flying ,was not injured at all....Before I got into the squadron they had another ejection at Norfolk Va,Our  Yoeman was still doing paper work on that one when we were on our cruise.I think the Pilots name was Kelly, Was making a low pass for some type of air show or Navy ceremony when his contrl stick froze due to hydraulic problems and he ejected.It may have been his first flight,they joked in the squadron that  all he brought back was the rip cord handle...Hope some of this helps.I dont remember the name of the seat we had, it had a large shell in it and when the curtain was pulled if the seat was in the "flying " mode it would rotate to "landing " mode before it fired, the curtain pulled down over the full face..We periodicaly checked them with a dummy cartridge and it was scary even tho you knew it was unarmed.

Ken Heinz,

I was an AM 1st in them days

 

I"m aware of only two ejections, altho there were more----. In about 1954 while "Project Cutlass" was operating out of Miramar, a pilot named Nugent (LT) ejected in the vicinity of San Diego. Believe he had a landing gear problem and a landing attempt was nixed.  He made a planned ejection heading out to sea just west of NAS North Island, without any significant personal injuries.  However, the bird proceeded to return and drone around the NAS, even made a sort of pass at the Dell Coronado.  After generating much concern, it finally wondered out to sea and crashed.  The other event in 1955 was via our team leader at Moffett Field, LCDR Bud Sickle.  Bud decided to evaluate the bird's spin characteristics (he didn't buy the "post-stall gyration characteristics), deliberately stalled the airplane, could not recover, and ejected.  He received only minor injuries--bruises, stiffness here and there, etc. Both Nugent and Sickle are deceased.

 Jake
 

  "Bud decided to evaluate the bird's spin characteristics (he didn't buy the "post-stall gyration characteristics), deliberately stalled the airplane, could not recover, and ejected."

NOTE: Lt. Bud Sickel was a 1951 graduate of TPS, Class 6, and won the school’s Outstanding Student Award that year. In 1956 Cmdr. L.M. “Butch” Satterfield became director of TPS, and Bud Sickel became assistant director – and was killed that year when his FJ-2, number 755, crashed during a routine flight from Pax River to North American’s plant in Columbus. He left a widow and two very young sons.

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Jim Murray
 Prattville, AL
Re: previous post -My dad, "J.P." Murray flew the F7U off the USS Intrepid-VF-81? (not the Antietam-different cruise!) in the mid fifties-ejected and hurt his back pretty bad after a fuel problem-loved it when it was flying right-tough to bring aboard carrier though-
02/13/2007 @ 12:25 [ref: 15504]
 Jim Murray
 Montgomery, AL
My dad, John Paul "J.P." Murray had many scary stories about flying the Cutlass while he was in the Navy-took it on a Med Cruise I think, possibly USS Antietam in mid fifties. Some advanced air to air missiles for the time also. Had to eject from one when a problem arose in the fuel transfer system-hurt his back when he punched out-have some nice photos of that futuristic looking fighter. He was a WW2 combat vet, Hell Cats VF 21 USS Wasp also. Passed away a couple of years ago-Those guys were fearless.
02/11/2007 @ 18:16 [ref: 15486]

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