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Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat. Photo. Characteristics.
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Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat. Photo. Characteristics.

Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat. Photo. Characteristics.

 

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A type: twin-engine fighter-bomber

Crew: one pilot (and the radar operator in the night version)

F7F «Taygerket» (Tigercat - marsupial marten) began to come into operation when Japan after the atomic bombing in August.

1945 years sued for peace. The aircraft was ordered in 1941 year, long gestation period of the project reflects the requirements of the Navy, which stipulate that the aircraft must have engines with a total capacity of more than 4000 l. with. and the weight of the bomb load twice more than the aircraft F4F. With all-metal construction with a cantilever high-wing airplane "Taygerket" was fast and well-armed fighter of considerable size. He was so big, it seems, could be used only to offer superavianostsev class "Midway" deadweight tons 45 LLC. Most of 500 originally built aircraft F7F-1 was taken in parts of the Marine Corps for use with the island bases in the Pacific

However, by the time when the first Marine units were prepared for deployment, the Japanese surrendered, leaving the aircraft "Taygerket" and not experienced in World War II. In addition to the first production series F7F-1 company "Grumman" also produces an improved modification F7F-3, as well as special options F7F-3N / -4N, optimized for the role of the night fighter, thanks to the radar (installed in an elongated nose cone), which is serviced by the operator. It was like a night predator, and therefore won the recognition in the skies over Korea in 1951 year. Shortly after the end of the Korean War, the aircraft was taken out of the military operation.

Freed planes F7F subsequently re-equipped American and Canadian organizations in the aircraft fire. Indeed, all six remaining aircraft F7F, currently supported in a state of airworthiness, previously used fire organizations.

Basic data

Dimensions:

  • Length: 13,83 m
  • Wingspan: 15,7 m
  • Height: 5,05 m

 

The weight:

  • BLANK: 7380 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 11 666 kg

 

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 700 km / h
  • Range: 1931 km

 

Power point: 2 engine R-2800-34W «Double Wasp" Company "Pratt & Whitney" Power: 4200 l. from. (3132 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • November 3 1943 years

 

The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • F7F-3 / -3N / -3P

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