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Bridled Enthusiasm

September 2019

In the early days of jet carrier aircraft, new designs such as the Chance Vought F7U Cutlass were as much guinea pigs as they were guardians of freedom. The twin-engined Cutlass was launched with a bridle that connected hooks under the aircraft with the catapult launch shuttle. An exceptionally long nose gear allowed the aircraft to be launched with a high angle-of-attack so it could become airborne as quickly as possible. First flown on 29 September 1948, over 300 were built. It was cursed by underpowered engines, but played an important role in developing air-to-air missiles.

Note: Each month a different image from the current calendar year is featured here. To avoid the gnawing 12-month period of suspense to see all 12 pieces (along with lots of aviation anniversaries (When did the first pig fly?), incredible trivia (What is Godzilla's "birthday"?), and outrageous quotes from people that should know better) place your order for the Aerocatures™ Calendar now!

News & Updates:
  • 8/8/19 - Take a peek at the 2020 Aerocatures™ Calendar! It's still in production, but look for ordering information soon!

  • 10/5/17 - Hank's artwork was featured on the program cover for the 2017 Tailhook Association Symposium. Check it out!

  • 11/16/16 - Do you know someone who is in a "family way?" Are you expecting? Then you definitely need a copy of "Honey . . . We're Pregnant!" From Aerocatures™ creator Hank Caruso, this prenatal diary is a great way to become friends with your baby well before he or she enters the outside world. Check here for more information!

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    Updated Sunday, 1 September 2019.
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