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Grumman F8F Bearcat

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The F8F was the last of a long line of piston-engined carrier-based fighters built by Grumman.  Designed to be capable of operation from aircraft carriers of all sizes and to serve as an interceptor, the Bearcat had excellent maneuverability and a high rate of climb.

The prototype first flew in 1944 with the first production aircraft being delivered in 1945.  They did not see action in WWII and were withdrawn by late 1954.

Specifications (F8F-1B)





Type: Fighter
Engine: one 2,100 hp (1566 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W Double Wasp
G-58: Grumman model number
F8F: US Navy designation

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