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Grumman F7F Tigercat

     As early as 1941, Grumman began designing a twin-engined aircraft to be used by the U.S. Navy.  The plane featured folding wing tips, an arrestor hook, and tricycle landing gear.  Originally conceived as a carrier-based fighter for the new Midway class of aircraft carriers, the design contained several flaws (including heavy weight and high landing speed) that prevented the Navy from accepting the plane for carrier use.  Instead, the plane was delivered to USMC units, but the F7F materialized too late to see any action in WWII.  The plane did see action with the USMC in the Korean War for night interdiction and fighter missions.  In the civilian arena, the plane was used as a water bomber to fight forest fires in the 1960s and '70s.

     The plane has a crew of one pilot.  The night fighter versions add a second crewman to operate the radar at the expense of some fuel tankage.  The plane uses 155 gallons of aviation fuel per hour at routine usage.  A full load of fuel and ammo (not including bombs) costs $428.

 

Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat

Subassemblies: Light Fighter-Bomber chassis with good streamlining +3; Medium Fighter-Bomber wings  +3; two Small AFV Pods [Wings] +2; 3 retractable wheels +1.

Powertrain:  Two 1,545-kW aerial Supercharged HP gas engines with two 1,545-kW props and 840-gallon self-sealing tanks [Body and Wings]; 8,000-kW batteries.

Occ.:  1 CS

Cargo:  0 Body, 0 Wings

 

Armor          F       RL        B        T         U

Body:          3/6     3/6       3/6      3/6      3/6

Wings:        3/6     3/6       3/6      3/6      3/6

Wheels:      2/3     2/3       2/3      2/3      2/3

Cockpits:  0/+10 0/+10  0/+20   0/+0   0/+10

 

Weaponry:

4xLong Aircraft HMGs/12.7mm Browning M3 HMGs [Body:F] (300 rounds each).*

4xMedium Aircraft ACs/20mm Hispano M2 ACs [Wings:F] (300 rounds each).*

*Each pair linked, additional links fire four or all at once.

2x1,000-lb bombs or 6-8 5-inch HVAR rockets or 1 Mk 13-2 21-inch torpedo

 

Equipment:

Body:  Medium radio and transmitter and receiver, IFF.  Wings: 1,000-lb. hardpoint each.

 

Statistics:

Size:  51.5'x45.4'x16.6'     Payload:  3.85 tons     Lwt.:  11.8 tons

Volume:  280                    Maint.:  32 hours        Cost:  $39,813

HT:  6.    HPs:  165