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Grumman FF “Fifi”

14 September 2011

Grumman FF Fifi

The FF, it would be Grumman’s opening act for decades of service in providing excellent and hardy aircraft for the U.S. Navy. Leroy Grumman founding the company only two months after the 1929 Stock Market crash!

The general lines of the design — the narrow track landing gear and full bellied fuselage — would carry through the F2F, F3F and F4F Wildcat, with the Wildcat becoming a monoplane. Nicknamed Fifi the FF’s retractable gear and enclosed cockpit were significant advances for American aircraft of the time.

Grumman FF on exhibit in the National Naval Aviation Museum — photo by Joseph May

More of the FF-s profile — photo by Joseph May

The FF had a crew of one but the cockpit was lengthy for only one person, perhaps an observer of a gunner? — photo by Joseph May

The FF’s control panel was simple compared with today’s aircraft — photo by Joseph May

For more information on this aircraft one can go to the National Naval Aviation Museum site look up the page on the Grumman FF here.

Pasting the name of the museum into the search window will bring you to posts about the museum as well as other exhibits there.

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