The Grumman F8F Bearcat is an American single-engine carrier-based fighter aircraft introduced in late World War II.
It served during the mid-20th century in the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the air forces of other nations.
It was Grumman Aircraft’s last piston engine fighter aircraft.
Prototype aircraft, two built.
Single-seat fighter aircraft, equipped with folding wings, a retractable tail wheel, self-sealing fuel tanks, a very small dorsal fin, powered by a 2,100 hp (1,600 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W Double Wasp radial piston engine, armed with four 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns.
Single-seat fighter version, armed with four AN/M3 20 mm cannons.
Originally designated F8F-1C, redesignated as F8F-1B.
F8F-1s converted into drone control aircraft.
Unofficial designation for export version for France and Thailand.