Grumman F8F Bearcat

Specifications

1st Flight 1944

Crew: 1

Length: 28 ft 3 in (8.61 m)

Wingspan: 35 ft 10 in (10.92 m)

Height: 13 ft 10 in (4.22 m)

Wing area: 244 sq ft (22.7 m2)

Aspect ratio: 5.02

Airfoil: root: NACA 23018; tip: NACA 23009

Empty weight: 7,650 lb (3,470 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 13,460 lb (6,105 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-30W Double Wasp 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 2,250 hp (1,680 kW)

Propellers: 4-bladed constant-speed propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 455 mph (732 km/h, 395 kn)

Range: 1,105 mi (1,778 km, 960 nmi)

Service ceiling: 40,800 ft (12,400 m)

Rate of climb: 4,465 ft/min (22.68 m/s)

Wing loading: 42 lb/sq ft (210 kg/m2)

Power/mass: 0.22 hp/lb (0.36 kW/kg)

Armament

Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) AN/M3 cannon

Rockets: 4 × 5 in (127 mm) HVAR unguided rockets

Bombs: 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs

Variants

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 engined fighter aircraft.

XF8F-1

Prototype aircraft, two built.

F8F-1 Bearcat

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, 658 built.

F8F-1B Bearcat

Single-seat fighter version, armed with four AN/M3 20 mm cannons, 100 built.

F8F-1C Bearcat

Originally designated F8F-1C, redesignated as F8F-1B, 126 built.

F8F-1D

F8F-1s converted into drone control aircraft.

F8F-1(D)B Bearcat

Unofficial designation for export version for France and Thailand.

F8F-1E Bearcat

F8F-1 night-fighter prototype carrying APS-4 radar.

XF8F-1N

F8F-1 conversion into night fighter prototypes.

F8F-1N Bearcat

Night fighter version, equipped with an APS-19 radar, 12 built.

F8F-1P Bearcat

F8F-1 conversion photo reconnaissance conversion.

F3M-1 Bearcat

Planned designation for F8F aircraft constructed by General Motors.

F4W-1 Bearcat

Planned designation for F8F aircraft constructed by Canadian Car and Foundry.

XF8F-2

F8F-1 conversion with engine upgrade, revised engine cowling, taller tail.

F8F-2 Bearcat

Improved version, equipped with a redesigned engine cowling, taller fin and rudder, armed with four 20 mm cannons, powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800-30W radial piston engine, 293 built.

F8F-2D

F8F-2s converted into drone control aircraft.

F8F-2N Bearcat

Night-fighter version, equipped with an APS-19 radar, 12 built.

F8F-2P Bearcat

Photo-reconnaissance version, fitted with camera equipment, armed with two 20 mm (0.79 in) cannons, 60 built.

G-58A/B

Two civil aircraft.

The first was owned by the Gulf Oil Company for the use of Major Alford Williams, the second one was used by Grumman as a demonstrator aircraft and was flown by Roger Wolfe Kahn.

 

 

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