posted on Nov, 18 2014 @ 03:54 PM
a reply to: JIMC5499
The Cutlass was fine aerodynamically. Had pretty enviable performance for the time, actually. Among other things, it wasn't susceptible to Mach tuck.
It was also rated to 9 G (though not sustained turn capability). On the other hand the J46 engine was garbage and extremely prone to compressor
stalls -- hard to believe, but it was better than the Allison it replaced. Most of the losses (and the loss rate was quite high, even for the time)
were due to the extreme unreliability of the powerplants and the poor visibility resulting from high AoA necessary for a carrier landing. Later they
derated the engine to improve the service life, and it was pretty underpowered (hence the "Gutlass" nickname).
edit on 18-11-2014 by _Del_
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