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The Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger is a supersonic, single-seat carrier-based United States Navy fighter aircraft in operation during the 1950s and 1960s.

Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger

Design and development

 

The F11F (F-11) Tiger origins can be traced back to a privately funded 1952 Grumman concept to modernize the F9F-6/7 Cougar by implementing the area rule and other advances. This Grumman company project was known as the G-98, and when it was concluded it was a complete design departure from the Cougar.

 

The design's potential for supersonic performance and reduced transonic drag stirred interest in the U.S. Navy. By 1953, redesigns led to a completely new aircraft bearing no more than a familial resemblance to the Cougar. The new wing had full-span leading edge slats and trailing edge flaps with roll control achieved using spoilers rather than traditional ailerons. For storage on aircraft carriers, the F-11 Tiger's wings manually folded downwards. Anticipating supersonic performance, the tailplane was all-moving. The aircraft was designed for the Wright J65 turbojet, a license-built version of the Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire.

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n service, the Tiger operated from the carriers Intrepid, Lexington, Hancock, Bon Homme Richard, Shangri-La, Forrestal, Saratoga and Ranger. The F11F's career lasted only four years because its performance was inferior to the Vought F-8 Crusader and the J65 engine proved unreliable. Also, the range and endurance of the Tiger was found to be inadequate. Thus, the Navy cancelled all orders for the F11F-1P reconnaissance version and only 199 F11F-1 (F-11A) fighters were built.

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Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger

The F11F/F-11 was used by the Blue Angels flight team from 1957–1969. Grumman Aircraft Corporation made 200 Tigers, with the last aircraft being delivered to the U.S. Navy on 23 January 1959.

 

  • History

    Role Fighter aircraft

    Manufacturer Grumman

    First flight 30 July 1954

    Introduction 1956

    Retired 1961 (Carrier)

     

  • Users

    Crew: 1

    Length: 46 ft 11 in (14.3 m)

    Wingspan: 31 ft 7.5 in (9.6 m)

    Height: 13 ft 3 in (4.0 m)

    Empty weight: 13,810 lb (6,277 kg); Loaded weight: 21,035 lb (9,561 kg)

    Max. takeoff weight: 23,459 lb (10,663 kg)

    Powerplant: 1 × Wright J65-W-18 turbojet

  • Performance

    Maximum speed: Mach 1.1 (727 mph, 1,170 km/h) at 35,000 ft (11,000 m), (753 mph (1,211 km/h) at sea level)

    Cruise speed: 577 mph (929 km/h); Range: 1,275 mi (1,110 nmi, 2,050 km)

    Service ceiling: 49,000 ft (14,900 m)

    Armament

    Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 125 rounds per gun

    Hardpoints: 4 with a capacity of – and provisions to carry combinations

Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger

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