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19 July 2016

F7F-3 Tigercat


F7F-3 in military camouflage

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The F7F-3 Tigercat from testing ground “113” is further development of the US Navy twin-engine fighter, the F7F. The third modification is equipped with more powerful engines which allowed for the installation of unguided rockets and even three Tiny Tims, which were effective not only against ships, but also enemy bases. Although the original F7F could reach a very high speed for a twin-engine fighter, this new machine accelerates even faster both in level flight and in a dive, which makes it an excellent aircraft for “hit and run” tactics. Like the original Tigercat, the F7F-3 has four 20mm guns AN/M2 and four 12.7mm machine guns “Browning M2” - a powerful arsenal with a fire rate of almost 8 kg of lead per second!

After testing, some of the experimental markings have been left behind on some of the surfaces and engines. The aircraft is fully equipped with all the latest modifications and has a premium status.


Information, tactical and technical characteristics (AB/RB)

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Country  USA
Battle Rating  6.7/6.0
Rank  IV
Rate of climb  37.9/25 m/s
Max. speed  753/703 km/h

Offensive armament

 20-mm AN/M2 x4
 12.7-mm M2 Browning x4

 

 

 

 


The F7F-3 Tigercat in history

The Grumman company continued to work on the F7F after it entered service. The third variant of the aircraft was a very deep modernization of the original, although visually the only difference was a bigger tail section (this resulted in a much better stability during flight). On the other hand, the biggest change was the introduction of the more powerful “Pratt & Whitney” R-2800-34W engines with a power output of 2,100 HP, which allowed for better flight characteristics in the Tigercat at high altitude.

Acceleration and climb rate increased, while the powerful weapons in the nose of the aircraft, consisting of four 20mm guns and four 12.7mm machine guns, remained. This fighter could carry rockets, which made it more universal and effective in attacking both ground and sea targets.

This aircraft was in production from March 1945 till June 1946 and during this time 250 units were built.


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