F7F Tigercat Special Edition CD

Price: $14.95

  • CD contains 4 magazines
  • All in Acrobat PDF format
  • Print a personal copy
  • Allow 1 week for US delivery

August 1973

  • On The Track Of The Tigercat
  • The Short Career Of The Douglas B-18
  • The Blackburn Battleships
  • Doug Davis And The Travel Air Mystery Ships

October 1989

  • Wait Until Dark!  North Korean Supply Columns Destroyed By Marine F7F Pilots
  • Payload!  The Fairchild C-123

September 1996

  • Building And Flying Grumman’s F7F Tigercat
  • Notes From A Test Pilot’s Log, A Veteran Grumman Pilot Reviews Nearly Fifty Years Of Flight!
  • Sicily: Prelude To Invasion, The 1943 Dress Rehearsal For Normandy

March 2004

  • Night Cats, Grumman’s sleek F7F Tigercat in Korea
  • Winged Missiles of the U.S. Air Force
  • Birth of a Legend, the Boeing 367-80 – America’s first jet airliner prototype

Bonus Features

  • F7F Pilot’s Handbook
  • Over 130 F7F Tigercat photos

F7F Tigercat Vital Statistics

f7f-diagramGeneral characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot, radar operator)
  • Length: 45 ft 4 in (13.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 51 ft 6 in (15.7 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 7 in (5.1 m)
  • Wing area: 455 ft² (42.3 m²)
  • Empty weight: 16,270 lb (7,380 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 25,720 lb (11,670 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W Double Wasp radial engines, 2,100 hp (1,566 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 460 mph (400 knots, 740 km/h)
  • Range: 1,200 mi (1,000 nmi, 1,900 km)
  • Service ceiling: 40,400 ft (12,300 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,530 ft/min (23 m/s)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) M2 cannon
    • 4 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine gun
  • Bombs:
    • 2 × 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs under wings or
    • 1 × torpedo under fuselage

Avionics

  • AN/APS-19 radar
  • XP-65 – Proposed U.S. Army Air Force 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, 34 built.
  • F7F-1N Tigercat – Single-seat night fighter aircraft, fitted with an APS-6 radar.
  • XF7F-2N – Night-fighter prototype, one built.
  • F7F-2N Tigercat – Two-seat night fighter, 65 built.
  • F7F-2D – Small numbers of F7F-2Ns converted into drone control aircraft. The aircraft were fitted with an 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, 189 built.
  • F7F-3N Tigercat – Two-seat night fighter aircraft, 60 built.
  • 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 an arrestor hook and other naval equipment, 13 built.

Airworthy

F7F-3
  • 80375 – Tigercat N379AK LLC in Bellevue, Washington.
  • 80390 – Lewis Air Legends in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 80411 – Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California.
  • 80425 – Avstar Inc. in Seattle, Washington.
  • 80483 – Historic Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, Washington.
  • 80503 – Lewis Air Legends in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 80532 – Merle Maine Enterprises in Ontario, Oregon.

On display

F7F-3
  • 80373 – National Naval Aviation Museum in NAS Pensacola, Florida.
  • 80382 – Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California.
  • 80410 – Pima Air & Space Museum, adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB, in Tucson, Arizona.

Under restoration

F7F-3
  • 80374 – to airworthiness by Pissed Away N7629C LCC in Bellevue, Washington.
  • 80404 – in storage at the Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida.

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