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 center of the engine nacelle made this Gray deposit. Two other sets of exhausts (one on either side of the nacelle), deposited similar streaking on the engine nacelle below the wing.

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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 07:48

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

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