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V-173 “Flying Pancake” Aircraft

Chance Vought1942/1942

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Built as a proof-of-concept test aircraft, the “Flying Pancake” is a one-of-a-kind aircraft, which first flew on November 23, 1942. During its 131 flight-test hours, the aircraft performed well but was underpowered with only two 80 hp Continental A-80 engines. The famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first to fly solo across the Atlantic, test flew this aircraft on at least one occasion. This aircraft is on long-term loan to the Museum from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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  • Title: V-173 “Flying Pancake” Aircraft
  • Creator: Chance Vought
  • Date: 1942/1942

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