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Grumman F8F Bearcat. Photo. Characteristics.
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Grumman F8F Bearcat. Photo. Characteristics.

Grumman F8F Bearcat. Photo. Characteristics.

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A type: Single-engine piston carrier-based fighter-bomber and night fighter

Crew: Pilot

The last of a long series of piston aircraft company "Grumman" united under the designation «cat», the plane "Birket» (Bearcat - Panda) took into account in its design all the lessons learned in the first two and a half years of fighting in the Pacific. Discarding an unwritten law that says the new fighter has to be more to be better than its predecessor, the plane "Birket" was not only shorter (8,61 m), but it is easier (MTOW 5873 kg - 12 947 pounds) than the plane F6F «Hellcat" (10,23 m length - 33 7 feet inches and a maximum takeoff weight 6991 kg - 15 413 pounds), which it replaces.

Both types of aircraft using the same propulsion system with engine R-2800 «Double Wasp" Company "Prayt Whitney," but thanks to the more compact design of the aircraft "Birket" superior characteristics of the aircraft F6F. Navy were so happy with the new fighter aircraft that ordered 2023 F8F-1 the start of a new supply, 1945 years. The first part, get the plane "Birket" was VF-19, and it has already finished the preparatory work before the relocation of the war zone, when the atomic raids resulted in the conflict in the Pacific to a dramatic end. In connection with the termination of the war order was cut by 1258 copies, and production was discontinued in May 1949 1266, after delivery of the aircraft F8F. No less 24 combat and reserve units Navy fly a plane "Birket." Recent F8F planes were decommissioned at the end of the year 1952.

A number of aircraft were liberated then sold to the French Air Force and Thailand, and while serving in those countries aircraft "Birket" limited part in the fighting in Southeast Asia.

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 680 km / h

Dimensions (to modify F8F-1):

  • Length: 8,61 m
  • Wingspan: 7,87 m
  • Height: 4,2 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 3206 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 5873 kg

Basic data

Range of flight: 1775 km

Powerplant: R-2800-34W «Double Wasp" Company "Pratt & Whitney"

Power: 2800 l. from. (2087 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • 21 1944 year in August

The surviving airworthy modifications: XF8F-1, F8F-1 / -1V / -1D, F8F-2 / -2P and G-58B

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