Vought F6U-1 Pirate






Last updated on: December 21, 2015

Just 33 total were produced, serving mostly as trainers when the engines and design failed to impress.

This is a work in progress and any help would be appreciated. Information on these planes is rather difficult to locate online and this work will remain incomplete unless you the readers offer to help me. Please feel free to pass along any information that you might have.

At the end of this page is a list of people who have graciously offered their help. Thank you all very much!


XF6U-1 first prototype BuNo 33532
*10/2/1946: First flight.


XF6U-1 second prototype BuNo 33533
*6/26/1947: First flight.
*NATC.


XF6U-1 third prototype BuNo 33534
*11/10/1947: First flight.
*NATC.
*11/1948: Crashed near Stratford APT, CT due to a seized engine bearing. Date?


F6U-1 BuNo 122478
*2/9/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*5/1950: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at NAS Dallas, TX for testing.
*12/14/1950: Struck off charge at O&R NAS Dallas, TX.


F6U-1 BuNo 122479
*2/24/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*5/1950: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at NAS Dallas, TX for testing.
*12/14/1950: Struck off charge at O&R NAS Dallas, TX.
*Used by the Bureau of Ordinance for damage trials, somewhere in the Southwest.
*Saved by the Connecticut Historical Aviation Museum staff from the desert.
*Restored by retirees of the Vought Corporation at Hensley Field, TX.
*Currently preserved at the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, FL.


F6U-1 BuNo 122480
*3/11/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*5/1950: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at NAS Dallas, TX for testing.
*12/14/1950: Struck off charge at O&R NAS Dallas, TX.


F6U-1 BuNo 122481
*8/31/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*5/1950: Naval Air Test Center at NAS Patuxent River, MD for electronics testing.
*12/1950: Struck off charge.


F6U-1 BuNo 122482
*12/8/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*5/1950: Naval Air Test Center at NAS Patuxent River, MD for testing.
*12/1950: Struck off charge.


F6U-1 BuNo 122483
*10/31/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*7/1950: Bailed to Ames Aeronautical Institute at NAS Moffett Field, CA for armament testing.
*Perhaps modified as F6U-1P for tactical photo recon.
*4/24/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Moffett Field, CA.


F6U-1 BuNo 122484
*12/6/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*5/1950: NATC.
*7/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Maintenance and Service at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122485
*12/6/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*5/1950: NATC.
*7/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Maintenance and Service at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122486
*12/8/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*6/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122487
*12/8/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Maintenance and Service at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122488
*12/23/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122489
*1/27/1950: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*5/17/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122490
*12/6/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*3/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*5/2/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122491
*12/22/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at NAS Dallas, TX for tests.
*8/1950: Bailed to Ames Aeronautical Institute at NAS Moffett Field, CA for tests.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122492
*12/23/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*5/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122493
*12/27/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122494
*12/22/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122495
*12/10/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122496
*12/27/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*5/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122497
*12/29/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122498
*12/30/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122499
*12/30/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*1/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122500
*12/30/1949: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122501
*1/20/1950: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/12/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122502
*2/9/1950: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*5/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122503
*2/2/1950: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122504
*1/27/1950: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*4/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/12/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122505
*2/2/1950: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*5/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/1951: Bailed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at Philadelphia, PA.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122506
*1/27/1950: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*6/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.


F6U-1 BuNo 122507
*2/9/1950: Accepted by the US Navy.
*2/1950: VX-3.
*6/1950: Overhaul and Repair at NAS Quonset Point, RI.
*1/16/1951: Struck off charge at NAS Quonset Point, RI.



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For their assistance in various parts of this project, I would like to give thanks to the following individual people...

Tjalling Boelman
Johan Visschedijk
Sid Nanson
James Corley
John McKenna