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Grumman F8F Bearcat

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     The Bearcat was the last of the piston-engined fighter designs from Grumman and incorporated all the experience learned by the US Navy in the first couple of years of Pacific combat. The a/c was on the verge of being combat deployed when the war ended, but remained in service through late 1952. Surplus a/c were sold to the French and Thai air forces where the a/c saw combat in Southeast Asia.

General:

Type: Fighter

Crew: 1

Seating: 1

First Flight: 21/Aug/1944

Specifications

 

Propulsion

 

Performance

 

Length:

Height:

Wingspan:

Empty Weight:

Gross Weight:

28' 3"

13' 10"

35' 10"

7070 lbs.

12947 lbs.

No. Engines:

Horsepower:

Power plant:

1

2800 hp 

Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W

Range:

Speed (max):

Speed (cruise):

Climb:

Ceiling:

1105 miles

421 mph

- mph

- ft/sec

- ft

Armament:

5x0.50 in MG

     

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