Grumman F7F Tigercat

The Grumman F7F Tigercat is a heavy fighter aircraft that served with the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps from late in World War II until 1954.

Variants

XP-65

Proposed United States Army Air Forces pursuit fighter.

XF7F-1

Prototype aircraft, two built.

F7F-1 Tigercat

Twin-engine fighter-bomber aircraft, powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-22W radial piston engines.

First production version.

F7F-1N Tigercat

Single-seat night fighter aircraft, fitted with an APS-6 radar.

XF7F-2N

Night-fighter prototype.

F7F-2N Tigercat

Two-seat night fighter.

F7F-2D

Small numbers of F7F-2Ns converted into drone control aircraft.

The aircraft were fitted with a Grumman F8F Bearcat windshield behind the cockpit.

F7F-3 Tigercat

Single-seat fighter-bomber aircraft, powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W radial piston engines and featuring an enlarged tailfin for improved stability at high altitudes.

F7F-3N Tigercat

Two-seat night fighter aircraft.

F7F-3E Tigercat

Small numbers of F7F-3s were converted into electronic warfare aircraft.

F7F-3P Tigercat

Small numbers of F7F-3s were converted into photo-reconnaissance aircraft.

F7F-4N Tigercat

Two-seat night-fighter aircraft, fitted with a tail hook and other naval equipment.

Specifications

Crew

2

Length

45 ft 4 in (13.82 m)

Wingspan

51 ft 6 in (15.70 m)

Height

16 ft 7 in (5.05 m)

Wing area

455 sq ft (42.3 m2)

Airfoil

Root

NACA 23015

Tip

NACA 23012

Empty weight

16,270 lb (7,380 kg)

Max take-off weight

25,720 lb (11,666 kg)

Powerplant

2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W Double Wasp 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 2,100 hp (1,600 kW) each

Propellers

3-bladed constant-speed fully-feathering propellers

Performance

Maximum speed

460 mph (740 km/h, 400 kn)

Range

1,200 mi (1,900 km, 1,000 nmi)

Service ceiling

40,400 ft (12,300 m)

Rate of climb

4,530 ft/min (23.0 m/s)

Armament

Guns

4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) AN/M3 cannon (200 rpg, wing roots)

4 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine gun

(400 rpg, in nose)

(normal fighter versions only; replaced by radar unit in the -3N night fighter)

Bombs

2 × 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs,

Or

8 x 127mm unguided rockets under wings and

1 x 150 gallon fuel or napalm tank under fuselage,

Or

1 × torpedo under fuselage (day fighter only)

Avionics

AN/APS-19 radar.

 

 

 

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