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Grumman XF5F-1 'Skyrocket'

Description
  Manufacturer:Grumman


Control Panel
  Base model:F5F
  Designation:XF5F
  Version:-1
  Nickname:Skyrocket
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter
  Status:Experimental
 
 

Specifications
  Length: 27' 0" 8.2 m
  Height:11' 4" 3.4 m
  Wingspan: 40' 0" 12.1 m
  Gross Weight: 8,671 lb 3,932 kg

Propulsion
  Powerplant: Wright XR-1820-40/42
  Horsepower (each): 1200

Performance
  Max Speed: 350 mph 563 km/h 304 kt
  Ceiling: 32,000 ft 9,753 m

Known serial numbers
1442


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Gerilynn
 Buffalo, MO
the Grumman XF5F-1 is a great excersize in design and correct only in the snub nose version
variance in design after the original just don't measure up to the original.(personal opinion)
since the days of the Blackhawk Squadron of the early 50's this has long been one of my favorite aircraft, along with the F4U-5/F2G Corsair.
there is one real XF5F-1 in the wright /Patterson Air Force museum in Dayton Ohio. a must see Museum.
07/22/2012 @ 04:43 [ref: 63813]
 Kevin Hines
 , NY
Pic of P-50 is correct- note downward curve and rounded sides to nose ahead of cockpit. Long-nose X5F5F has flat sides to nose and flatter topline-more chisel-shaped.
07/27/2010 @ 18:46 [ref: 28410]
 bernie rosenberg
 , NY
this is for people who grew up during ww2. the skyrocket was the plane that was depicted in the comic book featuring a character named "BLACKHAWK". he was the leader of a band of international pilots who fought the nazis. thet came from holland,england & other allied countries. how many out there remember this?
11/20/2007 @ 15:08 [ref: 18606]
 Gary Wolfe
 Tucson, AZ
I agree. The photo claiming to be XP-50 has a shorter and blunter nose than the photo I uploaded of the XP-50 page from Lloyd S. Jones "U.S. Fighters".
03/05/2007 @ 16:21 [ref: 15779]
 Trevor
 Windsor, ON
To those who think there is a picturs of an XP-50... you are wrong... The nose of all these planes is not long enough. The XP-50 had a tricycle landing gear which required an even longer nose than those pictured here.
10/18/2005 @ 23:12 [ref: 11511]
 Marc Dornep
 Chillicothe, OH
Im modeling a Skyrocket for Flight Simulator 2004 and Im having a problem with a few details of the model. One issue is with the dive brakes, I have only see dive brakes on the Skyrocket in scale model kits...never in a photo of the Skyrocket. My second issue is with the tail wheel, I read somewhere that it retracts....however I've never seen a photo of the Skyrocket in flight with the tail wheel retracted. If anyone has any info that could help out, you can email me or reply on this board.

Thanks
05/17/2005 @ 21:22 [ref: 10247]
 Mark
 Sydney, OTH
In Reference to a flying model - Cleveland Model and Supply Company make a Plan Set, I haven\'t seen it but here is their website, browse to World War 2 Aircraft to find the entry

http://www.clevelandairline.com/ASP/PRODUCT.asp
05/16/2005 @ 15:42 [ref: 10230]
 daniel
 , OTH
The "Skyrocket"is an interesting airplane so I will start to build it as an modelplane.Your webside was very useful for doing this, thanks.
03/06/2004 @ 04:47 [ref: 6913]
 Don Rapp
 Lebanon, Ohio, OH
Tony's right, you know. Blackhawk did indeed fit out his squadron with XF5Fs 'way back in the late '50s. Later, Howard Chaykin began the "new" Blackhawks but kept the F5F, and later a "cross" between the F5F and the P-50.

I sure wish I could find a "Skyrocket" in Electric RC. What a surprise that'd be at the flying field!
10/03/2002 @ 23:21 [ref: 5807]
 Tony Newcomb
 Decatur, IL
RE:the 3 pictures in your "provided by viewers". 2 of the
pictures are the XF5F - the 2d photo is of the XF-50, a
version designed for the Army Air Corps (note the longer
nose). Same aircraft, but the XF-50 had a nose-wheel(thus
the longer nose!) and the XF5F used a tail wheel.
The F7F Tigercat was an outgrowth of the XF5F.
Trivia note: The radio and comic book hero, "BLACKHAWK",
(and his squadron) flew XF5Fs !!!!!

06/28/2001 @ 21:02 [ref: 2543]

 
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