Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-2N | BuNo.80302 | 20

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-2N | BuNo.80302 | 20

The Tiny Tim, an 11.75 inch aircraft rocket, on experimental F7F "Zero Length" launcher.

On firing, rocket left launcher without free-fall drop prior to ignition. Accuracy from Zero Length was far superior to older drop-type launchers as the rocket's alignment with the target was maintained until after ignition. Tiny Tim is painted Olive Drab, with a Gray tail fin. Warhead is inert as indicated by Black head with White bands. The bomb hoist cart is Yellow.

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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 20 Aug 00:59

This Tigercat flown by Capt.W.E.Scarborough at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, California in 1946. It was used for experimental firings of Tiny Tim rockets from fuselage centerline and wing stations.


Aircraft model

F7F-2N

Operator

Icon_32_flag_of_the_united_states.svg United States of America | Military > U.S. Navy

Registration number

20

Serial number

BuNo.80302

Aircraft

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-2N | BuNo.80302 | 20

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-2N | BuNo.80302 | 20

The Tiny Tim, an 11.75 inch aircraft rocket, on experimental F7F "Zero Length" launcher.

On firing, rocket left launcher without free-fall drop prior to ignition. Accuracy from Zero Length was far superior to older drop-type launchers[...]

Grumman F7F "Tigercat" | F7F-2N | BuNo.80302 | 20

Nose and tail markings were used for photo recording of the aircraft's attitude during tests.