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MCARA Aircraft > F7F-3P Tigercat

The F7F-3P is the photo reconnaissance version of the Grumman F7F Tigercat which was the first twin-engined fighter aircraft design to enter service with the United States Navy. Designed for the new Midway-class aircraft carriers, the aircraft were too large to operate from earlier decks. Although delivered to United States Marine Corps (USMC) combat units before the end of World War II, the Tigercat did not see combat service in that war. Most F7Fs ended up in land-based service, as attack aircraft or night fighters; only the later F7F-4N was certified for carrier service. They saw service in the Korean War and were withdrawn from service in 1954.


Aircraft Type: Single Seat Carrier Based Photo Reconaisance/ Fighter

Country of Origin: United States of America

Engines: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W radial Engines rated at 2,100hp

Armament: 4 x 20mm Cannon

Dimensions: Wing Span: 15.69m (51ft 6in). Length: 13.86m (45ft 6.5in), Height: 4.97m (16ft 4in).

Wing Area: 42.26 sq. metres (455 sq. feet)

Weights: Empty: 7,437kg (16,396lb). Max Takeoff: 9,937kg (21,906lb)

Performance: Max Speed: 450 mph. Service Ceiling: 40,400ft. Max Range: 1,900 miles (3,058km)

Operators: USMC, USAAF, USN

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