I'm slowly but surely finishing what will probably be my last monograph, as Scooter! was my last real book, as my mother would say. This is the draft cover to be used as a placeholder on my home page, tommythomason.com:
The first paragraph in the manuscript is:
But for a series of problems and unfortunate events, it is conceivable that the iconic U.S. Air Force F-86 Sabre would have had to share the glory of its kill-ratio supremacy over the Russian MiG-15 in the skies above Korea with another swept-wing jet fighter named after a bladed weapon, the Chance Vought F7U Cutlass. Instead, the Navy’s straight–wing jet fighters were relegated to a supporting role in the Korean War. Like the Air Force’s straight-wing F-80s and F-84s, the Navy’s jets were used primarily for bombing and close-air support missions, augmenting the propeller-driven fighters that they had replaced.
That picture is bogus, of course, but thanks to the efforts of people like Bill Spidle—who has been separating the wheat from the chaff at the Vought archives—there are a few that have not been previously published and lots of new information. For example, here is a draft illustration of a Vought design study that predates the proposal to the Navy.
At the moment, I'm still missing pictures of Bureau Numbers 124416 and 124424 but unless someone has them and sends them to me, I will have to publish without.