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Grumman F7F Tigercat


The F7F was a fast twin-engined fighter, designed with a very slender fuselage and two radial powerful engines. Too late for WWII, it proved useful in a variety of roles, but was built in relatively small numbers. It was the first twin-engined shipboard aircraft to go in service, and its weight and speed at first restricted it land-based service with the USMC. Only the last version, F7F-4N, was considered fully acceptable for carrier use. Nightfighter versions of the F7F were in service with the USMC until 1952.
General characteristics F7F-1
Primary function Fighter
Contractor Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
Power plant Two Pratt&Whitney R-2800-22W engines
Thrust 2x 2,072 HP 2x 1,545 kW
Wingspan 51.5 ft 15.7 m
Length 45.4 ft 13.85 m
Height 16.6 ft 5.06 m
Wingarea 455 sq ft 42.27 sq m
Weight empty 15,957 lb 7,238 kg
max. 23,656 lb 10,730 kg
Max. speed 427 mph 687 km/h
Ceiling 36,090 ft 11,000 m
Max. range 1,790 miles 2,880 km
Armament 4x 20 mm cannon, 4x 12.7 mm machine gun 300 rounds each), 2x 454 kg bombs or 6x rockets. Alternative under fuselage 1x 21inch torpedo.
First flight December, 1943
Crew One
Date deployed 1944
Number built 250


Jirka Wagner

 

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