Grumman F7F-3 'Tigercat'


  Base model:F7F
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter

  Length: 45' 4" 13.8 m
  Height:16' 7" 5.0 m
  Wingspan: 5' 6" 1.6 m
  Wingarea: 455.0 sq ft 42.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 16,270 lb 7,378 kg
  Gross Weight: 25,720 lb 11,664 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W
  Horsepower (each): 2100

  Range: 1,200 miles 1,932 km
  Cruise Speed: 222 mph 357 km/h 192 kt
  Max Speed: 435 mph 700 km/h 378 kt
  Climb: 4,530 ft/min 1,380 m/min
  Ceiling: 40,700 ft 12,405 m

Known serial numbers
69740 / 69989, 80359 / 80547, 116729 / 117728

Examples of this type may be found at
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

F7F-3 on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation

Pima Air & Space Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Kurt Wagner
 Riverside, CA
Just posted (resized) photos of F7F-3 #80411. She sits, (100% airworthy), at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

I believe that makes 7 known 'cats that still fly out there.
05/22/2015 @ 13:41 [ref: 69100]
 Heijo Kuil
 , WA
I am compiling the history of our Tigercat F7F-3P, BuNo 80483, N6178C, Tanker 43. Any information, photo's and/or leads are appreciated. Especialy about her time with George Kreizberg and as Tanker 43. Greetings, Heijo. HKuil@Hotmail.com
02/27/2014 @ 18:50 [ref: 68372]
 steve evart
 hayward, CA
:i'm am trying to get a hold of anyone out there that has a tiger cat, so i can get a ride in one. as my father was killed in one. i used to load borate in them.also can anyone get me the names, address's,ph#'s of the people that own the flyable ones. does anyone out there know where harry chaffe is, his address ,ph.#.(last heard he lived in s. ca.) thanx steve evart. my ph.# 510-582-1441.
11/07/2013 @ 12:48 [ref: 68152]
 , AL
Can someone please tell me what the Navigation aids of the F&F3 Tigercat are?
10/17/2012 @ 15:31 [ref: 67318]
 Van Nuys, CA
Come check out Clay Lacy's videos of other planes he's flown and people he's known at claylacyaviation on youtube
08/15/2011 @ 13:22 [ref: 46064]
 Van Nuys, CA

F7F is indeed flown by Clay Lacy at airshows in the SoCal area. It is a extended guest at VNY. She just got a new coat of paint too!
08/15/2011 @ 13:21 [ref: 46063]
 jerry bell
 reseda, CA
an f7f ?lives? at van nuys airport. i believe it is flown by clay lacey (sp?), who also keeps a pink p-51 there. both were on display this past weekend (4-16-11) as well as a touring b-17. an added treat was to see capt. ?sully? sullenberger, hero pilot of the hudson river airliner set-down, take a ride in the flyin fort. flying f7f's also to be found at ?planes of fame? museum at chino airport (calif). they, and dozens more take to the skies mid-may each year. check the museum's website for schedule and some nice pix. cheers!
04/19/2011 @ 18:08 [ref: 37528]
 Glenn Orgill
 Grantsville, UT
My father was stationed at Patuxent Naval Air Station during the mid-40's and worked on the F7F. I was given that nickname at birth (6/22/46)and have always wanted to fly in a F7F. Are there any possibilities out there? I am willing to pay big bucks!
03/09/2011 @ 14:21 [ref: 36562]
 josh higgins
 puyaLLUP, WA
I have recently acquired a 300 gal external fuel tank that I believe was fitted to the F7F type aircraft. The part number is 602620, and it has a decal that states it was made at the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, which I believe ceased production in 1945. Anyone with any information about this is welcome to email me. I look forward to hearing from you, thanks. Josh Higgins USN 1994-1998 A-6E Intruder Airframer.
01/17/2011 @ 17:46 [ref: 35808]
 David Flannagan
 Gilbert, AZ
My father, then Captain Mel Flannagan was a member of the VMF 513 squadron in Korea. On April 13, 1951, flying a F7F tail no. 80588, he destroyed a train at the Namchonjon rail yards and was later awarded the DFC. Regretably he passed away some years ago. But I remember his stories of flying in both WWII, Korea and later. He retired from the Corps in 1964 as a Major. I still have most of his records, log books, memorabilia and photographs. Photographs include one of a flight of 8 F7F's in Korea. The air park in Tucson has an F7F and I've found in his log that he actually flew that plane in training. I'd be glad to share information (logs and photos) with other family members of Marine aviators. Email david_f_1950@yahoo.com.
09/18/2010 @ 19:35 [ref: 30260]


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