Grumman F3F. A photo. Characteristics
Grumman F3F. A photo. Characteristics

Grumman F3F. A photo. Characteristics



A type: single-engine biplane fighter

Crew: one pilot

The third fighter in a long series of "Grumman", which created a dynasty of frontline service in the US Navy, lasted more than 60 years. Obese F3F jet interceptor was the last biplane, operated from the deck of the US aircraft carriers. It was built as an improved modification of aircraft F2F, with a longer fuselage, increased wing span and a more powerful engine the company "Pratt & Whitney" modification F3F-1 or engine "Cyclone" modification F3F-2 / -3 company "Wright."

About 162 F3F aircraft operated by front-line units of the Navy and Marine Corps with 1936 1941 of the year. During this time, the aircraft company "Grumman" demonstrated the strength and agility, and many of the most influential liderov- fighters of the US Navy during World War II (Name at least two things: Butch O'Hare (Butch O'Hara) and Jimmy Tech (Jimmy Thach)) "sharpened teeth", flying on airplanes F3F to 1941 years.

Specifically, the plane F3F-2 is an exact copy of the original fighter biplane of "Grumman", built in the early 1990-ies Texas Aviation Plant Herb Tischler of original drawings provided by the company. As one of the four custom-made aircraft, it is equipped with an engine "Cyclone" Company "Wright" of the period, and painted by the scheme frontline fighter of the US Navy, which had in the aircraft F3F 1940 year.

Grumman F3F. Photo.


Basic data


  • Length: 7,01 m
  • Wingspan: 9,75 m
  • Height: 2,84 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 1476 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 2155 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 376 km / h
  • Range: 1818 km
  • The power plant, "Wright» R-1820-22 «Cyclone" (on the modification F3F-2)
  • Power: 950 l. from. (708 kW)


Date of first flight: March 20 1935 years (prototype XF3F-1)

The surviving airworthy modifications: AF3F-2 (exact copy) and G-32 (exact copy)

On right: The company "Jet Air Cinema in September ter» (Cinema Air Jet Center) owns three of the four replicas of the biplane of "Grumman", built in Texas. This machine is based on the territory of the Aviation Museum in Chino. Currently, he painted on the hybrid scheme VF-6 / -7.