The F7U Cutlass seems destined to be remembered for its faults. The "Gutless Cutlass", as it came to be called certainly had its share of problems, but it also was an aircraft of remarkable innovation. The tricycle landing gear and pressurized cockpit were advanced features for the time. The Cutlass was the first production tail-less military aircraft, the first Navy aircraft with swept wings, the first production aircraft with afterburning engines, the first Navy aircraft with a high-pressure hydraulic system and, in the F7U-M, the first fighter to carry air-to-air radar guided missiles, the Sparrow I. In spite of its limitations most pilots found the Cutlass a joy to fly, and as a tribute to this lesser know but more endearing reputation one man is currently restoring a Cutlass to flying condition.
This model is constructed from balsa and plywood and utilizes a foam core wing. The Cutlass prototype is powered with the Mega 16/15/5 and a 3 cell lithium polymer battery of 2500 mah capacity. Controls use elevons to provide both roll and pitch so a computer radio with mixing capabilities is the easiest method to achieve this. A mechanical mixer could be used as well, installed in the fuselage with torque rods leading to the flight controls.
As with all my pusher jets, the Cutlass is also not to be handlaunched. For safety sake this model must be catapulted into the sky. The propeller at the rear is too dangerous for handlaunching. That being said, do not let catapults scare you off. The power of the launch gives you instant airspeed and has always worked 100% to get my models in the air. Besides that, catapult launch's are impressive in their own right. Spectators expect the worst, but you and I know it works everytime.
Dimensions of the Cutlass, wingspan is 27.4 inch's, wingarea is 262 square inch, fuselage length is 28 inch.
I am still adding more markings to the Cutlass and will put up a picture here as it progresses.
Here is a video of the Cutlass in flight.