Title: Vought XF5U

The XF5U was one of the most distinctive aircraft ever produced. Designed to a concept developed by engineer Charles Zimmerman, it followed a proof-of-concept aircraft which was flight tested between 1942 and 1944. A single example was produced but never flown. The main problem related to its complicated gearbox. The aircraft underwent ground runs but the gearbox vibration problem was never solved and with jet aircraft rapidly entering service, the project was cancelled and the sole example scrapped.

To maximise value, this title contains several documents for the F5U including the preliminary Flight Manual (though only a poor quality copy), and the Flight Manual for the F6U Pirate. The F6U file has been scanned from the original flight manual and retains any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • Manufacturers Preliminary Flight Handbook for the XF5U (Confidential) dated 30-9-46 with approx 48 pages. (Unfortunately a poor quality second generation photocopy but a fairly rare manual.)
  • Manufacturers Illustrated Assembly Breakdown manual for the XF5U-1 (Confidential) dated 1-1-45, with approx 19 pages. Intended for factory engineering staff assembling the aircraft, showing all the major assemblies and drawing references.
  • Five factory photos of the XF5U all with captions and factory negative references.
  • Factory “General Arrangement” drawing of the XF5U. Chance Vought drawing number CV3-40100.
  • US Navy Preliminary Pilot’s Handbook for the F6U-1,  AN 01-45HEA-1 dated 15-4-49, with approx 71 pages.