Grumman F8F-1B 'Bearcat'

  Base model:F8F
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter
  Modified Mission:Special armament

  Length: 27' 6" 8.3 m
  Height:13' 8" 4.1 m
  Wingspan: 36' 6" 11.1 m
  Wingarea: 244.0 sq ft 22.6 sq m
  Empty Weight: 7,070 lb 3,206 kg
  Gross Weight: 9,386 lb 4,256 kg
  Max Weight: 12,947 lb 5,871 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W
  Horsepower (each): 2100

  Range: 1,105 miles 1,779 km
  Cruise Speed: 163 mph 262 km/h 141 kt
  Max Speed: 434 mph 698 km/h 377 kt
  Climb: 4,570 ft/min 1,392 m/min
  Ceiling: 38,900 ft 11,856 m

Known serial numbers
122087 / 122152


Recent comments by our visitors
 Ray Muller
 Palmyra,, VA
My name is Ray Muller . I worked for Grumman for 32 years . After my retiremeny I worked on the Bearcat and Hell Cat . I moved to Va. 5 years ago . This past Summer I stopped in to see my friends working on the Bearcat . It was not finished at that time . Grumman was Taken over by Northrop about 8 years ago . The building tgat they are working in may be sold some time next year . The latest target date for completion was the end of this year . If you are interested in making contact with someone from the crew I will contact them . Aside working at the old Grumman Faculity I worked one day a week at the Cradle of Aviation at what used to be Mitchell Field in Garden City, Long Island . I worked on the restoration of a WWII Glider type that was used on the Invasion .
Respectfully, Ray Muller
10/11/2001 @ 16:38
 Benjamin GILBERT
 Orry-la-Ville, OTH
(Cross-posted by the aero-news network, www.aero-news.net):
I send you this mail because I look deseperatly at the moment information and possibly the contacts (address, phone, fax or Email address..) of the Grumman employees who restored a Grumman F8F-1B Bearcat owned by the Thaļ Air Force. It arrived in USA in December 1994 for being restored to flying condition. The datas about this Bearcat are the following:

Manufacturer\'s Construction Number: D.804
Owned by the Thaļ Air Force.

I think they restore this Bearcat is with the Grumman factory at Bethpage. If you know where I can contact them, please let me know.

Yours sincerely.

Benjamin GILBERT.

Benjamin GILBERT
12, rue du Fond du Moulin
60560 Orry-la-Ville/ FRANCE
Phone: +33344588005/ +33621166461
02/21/2001 @ 10:32