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The Grumman F8F Bearcat is an American single-engine carrier-based fighter aircraft introduced in late World War II

 

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Design and development

The Bearcat concept began during a meeting between Battle of Midway veteran F4F Wildcat pilots and Grumman Vice President Jake Swirbul at Pearl Harbor on 23 June 1942. At the meeting, Lieutenant Commander Jimmie Thach emphasized one of the most important requirements in a good fighter plane was "climb rate".

 

Climb performance is strongly related to the power-to-weight ratio, and is maximized by wrapping the smallest and lightest possible airframe around the most powerful available engine. Another goal was that the G-58 (Grumman's design designation for the aircraft) should be able to operate from escort carriers, which were then limited to the obsolescent F4F Wildcat as the Grumman F6F Hellcat was too large and heavy. A small, lightweight aircraft would make this possible. After intensively analyzing carrier warfare in the Pacific Theater of Operations for a year and a half, Grumman began development of the G-58 Bearcat in late 1943.

 

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The Grumman F8F Bearcat is an American single-engine carrier-based fighter aircraft introduced in late World War II. It served during the mid-20th century in the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the air forces of other nations. It was Grumman Aircraft's last piston engined fighter aircraft. Modified versions have broken speed records for piston-engined aircraft, and are popular among warbird owners and air racers.

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Grumman F8F Bearcat

The F8F prototypes were ordered in November 1943 and first flew on 21 August 1944, a mere nine months later.[b] The first production aircraft was delivered in February 1945 and the first squadron, Fighter Squadron 19 (VF-19), was operational by 21 May 1945, but World War II was over before the aircraft saw combat service.

  • History

    Role Fighter aircraft

    National origin United States

    Manufacturer Grumman

    First flight 21 August 1944

    Introduction 1945 Primary users United States Navy

    United States Marine Corps

    French Air Force

    Royal Thai Air Force

  • General Info

    Crew: 1

    Length: 28 ft 3 in (8.61 m)

    Wingspan: 35 ft 10 in (10.92 m)

    Height: 13 ft 10 in (4.22 m)

    Empty weight: 7,650 lb (3,470 kg)

    Max takeoff weight: 13,460 lb (6,105 kg)

    Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-30W Double Wasp 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 2,250 hp (1,680 kW)

  • Performance

    Maximum speed: 455 mph (732 km/h, 395 kn)

    Range: 1,105 mi (1,778 km, 960 nmi)

    Service ceiling: 40,800 ft (12,400 m)

    Armament

    Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) AN/M3 cannon

    Rockets: 4 × 5 in (127 mm) HVAR unguided rockets

    Bombs: 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs

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