Zimmer’s Skimmer

Seven decades after it first flew, the V-173 got its old look back.

(Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation Archives)

Emergency Landing

(Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation Archives)

On June 3, 1943, an engine vapor lock forced pilot Richard Burroughs to make an emergency landing on Lordship Beach, near the Vought plant in Stratford, Connecticut. He flipped the aircraft trying to avoid running over a sunbather. The mishap broke two propeller blades, but the fact that Burroughs walked away, and the cockpit was not crushed, persuaded Charles Lindbergh, who saw the crash, to fly the aircraft that November.

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