Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-1 (early) | BuNo.80261

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-1 (early) | BuNo.80261

XF7F-2 prototype.

Third production F7F-1 Tigercat carries the ventral fins which were added to all production aircraft. This machine would later serve as the prototype for the F7F-2.

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Source
"F7F Tigercat" In Action No.79 (1079), (c)1986 A Squadron/Signal Publication Inc., 1115 Crowley Drive Carrollton, Texas 75011-5010 USA. ISBN 0-89747-188-1.

added 19 Aug 03:57

July 1944

This machine would later serve as the prototype for the F7F-2.


Aircraft model

XF7F-2

Operator

Icon_32_flag_of_the_united_states.svg United States of America | Other > Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation

Serial number

BuNo.80261

Aircraft

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-1 (early) | BuNo.80261

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-1 (early) | BuNo.80261

This F7F-2 (probably XF7F-2 prototype) displays the typical exhaust streaking across the top of the wing. A set of exhaust stacks at the top[...]

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-1 (early) | BuNo.80261

This F7F-1 (BuNo 80261), the third production F7F-1, was used as the prototype for the F7F-2 series.

Converted by Grumman, the fixed tail skid, tailhook and fuselage gun ports of the F7F-1 were retained and a rear cockpit was added.

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-1 (early) | BuNo.80261

XF7F-2 prototype.

Third production F7F-1 Tigercat carries the ventral fins which were added to all production aircraft. This machine would later serve as the[...]

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-1 (early) | BuNo.80261

XF7F-2, the prototype of the F7F-2 in July of 1944.

The third production F7F-1 aircraft had windshield and canopy changes and carried the early version of the rear seat. Over-all Glossy Sea Blue[...]