Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat. Photo. Characteristics.
Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat. Photo. Characteristics.

Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat. Photo. Characteristics.



A type: twin-engine fighter-bomber

Crew: one pilot (and the radar operator in the night version)

F7F «Taygerket» (Tigercat - marsupial marten) began to come into operation when Japan after the atomic bombing in August.

1945 year requested peace. The aircraft was ordered in 1941 year, the long maturation period of the project reflected the requirements of the Navy, which stipulated that the aircraft should have engines with a total capacity of over 4000 liters. from. And the weight of the bomb load is twice as large as that of the plane F4F. Having an all-metal construction with a freely bearing high wing, the Tigerkat was a fast and well-armed fighter of considerable size. It was so large that it would seem that it could only be operated with the proposed Midwesti subversives of the displacement of 45 Ltd. tons. Most of the 500 originally built aircraft F7F-1 was stationed in parts of the Marine Corps for use from island bases in the Pacific Ocean

However, by the time the first Marine units were ready for deployment, the Japanese had surrendered, leaving the Tigercat aircraft never tested in World War II. In addition to the first serial modification of the F7F-1, Grumman also produced an improved version of the F7F-3, as well as special F7F-3N / -4N variants optimized for the role of the night fighter, thanks to the radar (installed in the extended nose fairing) that was serviced by the operator. He was like a night predator, so he won recognition in the sky over Korea in 1951 year. Soon after the end of the Korean War, the aircraft was withdrawn from military service.

Freed planes F7F subsequently re-equipped American and Canadian organizations in the aircraft fire. Indeed, all six remaining aircraft F7F, currently supported in a state of airworthiness, previously used fire organizations.

Basic data


  • Length: 13,83 m
  • Wingspan: 15,7 m
  • Height: 5,05 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 7380 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 11 666 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 700 km / h
  • Range: 1931 km 


Power point: 2 engine R-2800-34W «Double Wasp" Company "Pratt & Whitney" Power: 4200 l. from. (3132 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • November 3 1943 years


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • F7F-3 / -3N / -3P