Grumman F7F Tigercat 1945 First Navy Twin Engine Fighter

http://airboyd.tv The Grumman F7F Tigercat was the first twin-engined fighter aircraft to enter service with the United States Navy. Designed for the new Midway-class aircraft carriers, the aircraft were too large to operate from earlier decks. Although delivered to United States Marine Corps (USMC) combat units before the end of World War II, the Tigercat did not see combat service in that war. Most F7Fs ended up in land-based service, as attack aircraft or night fighters; only the later F7F-4N was certified for carrier service. They saw service in the Korean War and were withdrawn from service in 1954. General characteristics Crew: 2 (pilot, radar operator) Length: 45 ft 4 in (13.8 m) Wingspan: 51 ft 6 in (15.7 m) Height: 16 ft 7 in (5.1 m) Wing area: 455 ft² (42.3 m²) Empty weight: 16,270 lb (7,380 kg) Max takeoff weight: 25,720 lb (11,670 kg) Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W "Double Wasp" radial engines, 2,100 hp (1,566 kW) each Performance Maximum speed: 460 mph (400 knots, 740 km/h) Range: 1,200 mi (1,000 nmi, 1,900 km) Service ceiling: 40,400 ft (12,300 m) Rate of climb: 4,530 ft/min (1,381 m/min) Armament Guns: 4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) M2 cannon 4 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine gun Bombs: 2 × 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs under wings or 1 × torpedo under fuselage Avionics AN/APS-19 radar via Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F7F_Tigercat

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