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Mark Nankivil

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Hi All!

I think this will be a world exclusive on Secret Projects - the first known image of the Vought V-382. According to the designation listing, this was to be an attack aircraft for the USAF. Anyone know of a 3 view or any other drawing of this aircraft?

Thanks to the great gang over at the Vought Retiree's Group and to "PhotoGator" for spending time in the archives with me.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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You forgot to mention - 1952. Can't imagine the USAF was that keen on attack aircraft at that time.
 

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You forgot to mention - 1952. Can't imagine the USAF was that keen on attack aircraft at that time.

There was a war in Korea... the Martin Midget comes from the same needs.
 

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Tony Buttler's book has a sketch of this one - there are vertical fins on the wing tip and a rather small vertical fin. The wind tunnel model matches up with the drawing and as Scott noted, the shoulder inlets are simply faired in on the wind tunnel model. I thought that might be a tip fin but wasn't sure - now I know.

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overscan said:
You forgot to mention - 1952. Can't imagine the USAF was that keen on attack aircraft at that time.

Errr, that is the exact time period they were adopting the B-57 Canberra. It might not have had an "A" designator but its mission was very much that of an Attack aircraft, IMO.
 

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Thanks to Bill S, here are some drawings of this aircraft. I rather like the lines of it myself and it is interesting to compare the J-67 and J-57 installations.

Thanks Bill!

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Mark, do you mean the upcoming Bombers book or the Fighters book?
 

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Mark Nankivil said:
Thanks to Bill S, here are some drawings of this aircraft. I rather like the lines of it myself and it is interesting to compare the J-67 and J-57 installations.

Thanks Bill!

Enjoy the Day! Mark

Stealin my thunder. :eek:

I guess I need to dig out the general arrangement and get that posted as well. :)
 

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Hi AL - the previously published Fighters book.

HTH! Mark
 

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Mark Nankivil said:
Tony Buttler's book has a sketch of this one - there are vertical fins on the wing tip and a rather small vertical fin.

...Mark, are you *sure* about that? From that perspective, it's really hard to tell, and I blew up the image quite a bit to see if I could clarify things.
 

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Hi OM -

Those are articulated wing tips - - see the attached drawings which define the mechanism. Also look at the J-57 Engine drawing - there's a sketch there that shows the wing tips in the vertical position.

Maveric - I don't have a data sheet for this - Bill S may have that info on the General Arrangement drawing.

Thanks again to Bill S for the scans!

HTH! Mark
 

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More V-382 views with the only data block I have
on this aircraft so far.

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Mark Nankivil said:
Those are articulated wing tips - - see the attached drawings which define the mechanism. Also look at the J-57 Engine drawing - there's a sketch there that shows the wing tips in the vertical position.

...Thanks. I see it in the drawings, but if it weren't for those the angle that shot was taken at sure can fool you. Especially since this is a bird I've heard of, but like most people apparently have never seen an image of. I take it this one never made it to flight test stage?
 

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Thanks for the good service and this nice drawing, very interesting the Vought archive :eek:
 

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Thanks Bill S - you're my scanning guru/hero!

OM, don't even think they cut a piece of wood for a mock up. Shame really, has a very cool WOW factor to my eyes.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Another V-382 recent find, a production breakdown drawing for the fighter-bomber
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How did I miss this one :eek: Very interesting and good looking design!!In Mark Nankivil's Reply #6 - aka the first cut-away drawing it looks like a multi-barrelled / rotary cannon in the lower nose ??Could this be an M61 20mm cannon? If so, was the M61 around in 1952? Regards Pioneer
 

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Pioneer said:
... Could this be an M61 20mm cannon? If so, was the M61 around in 1952? Regards Pioneer

General Electric tested gatling guns for aircraft use already in 1949. The 20mm version, still designated
as T 171, was testfired first in 1952. So it could actually be a GE 20 mm gun of that type.
 

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Thanks for the clarification Jemiba, that makes sense then!
The first aircraft I was aware of that used the M61 I think was the Republic F-105 (but I could be wrong :eek: )

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