Vought 173 Test Flights

The Vought V-173 “Flying Pancake” designed by Charles H. Zimmerman was an American experimental test aircraft built as part of the Vought XF5U “Flying Flapjack” World War II United States Navy fighter aircraft program.  In the 1930s, Charles Zimmerman was a noted aeronautical engineer who advocated the concept of “discoidal” aircraft, the so-called “Zimmer’s Skimmers” and worked on a variety of projects on his own and with the Vought company.  A “discoidal” aircraft is not a flying saucer nor a pure flying wing.

Check out this great footage all shot at the Bridgeport Municipal Airport in the early 1940’s.

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