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Grumman F7F Tigercat

9 September 2011

Grumman F7F Tigercat

WW II ended to early for the Tigercat to prove its worth as a combat design and was a fighter designed for the upcoming large Midway class aircraft carriers. Two 2100 hp (1566kW), a fuselage only just wide enough to carry a flight crew of two in tandem cockpits made for speed — 450 mph (720kph) at 21,000 feet (~6300m) though it could fly twice as high. The F7F had teeth, as well, with 4 x 0.50 caliber machine guns with 4 x 20mm cannon. The machine guns are at the pilot’s feet and a pair of cannon on either shoulder — combined with 4200 hp the pilot’s seat much have felt powerful beyond belief.

This Tigercat is on exhibit at the National Naval Aviation Museum, to see the post about my visit there or posts about other aircraft at this world class museum you need only paste the museum’s name into the search window and select ENTER.

Further information about the aircraft can be found on the fact page from the museum.

Grumman F7F Tigercat (left) and Grumman F8F Bearcat (right) at the National Naval Aviation Museum — photo by Joseph May

The Grumman F7F Tigercat on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum — photo by Joseph May

The Tigercat’s fuselage has the narrow fuselage more of a racer than a carrier fighter of the era — photo by Joseph May

 

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