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Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat

2,741 NotNewHere  2 months ago

-Trim for Trim
-VTOL for Flaps
-AG 1 Wing Fold (Enables Engine, Cowl Vents and Beacon Lights)
-AG 2 Drop Fuel Tank
-AG 3 Drop M65 1000lb Bombs
Armed w/ 4 M3 20mm Autocannons 800xRounds

Includes Arcade and Bombing Cameras

The Grumman F8F Bearcat is an American single-engine carrier-based fighter aircraft introduced in late World War II. It served during the mid-20th century in the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the air forces of other nations. It was Grumman Aircraft's last piston engined fighter aircraft.

The Navy placed a production contract for 2,023 aircraft based on the second prototype on 6 October 1944. On 5 February 1945 they awarded another contract for 1,876 slightly modified aircraft from General Motors, given the designation F3M-1. These differed primarily in having the R-2800-34W engine and a small increase in fuel capacity.

Deliveries from Grumman began on 21 May 1945. The end of the war led to the Grumman order being reduced to 770 examples, and the GM contract being cancelled outright. An additional order was placed for 126 F8F-1B's replacing the .50 cal machine guns with the 20 mm M2 cannon, the US version of the widely used Hispano-Suiza HS.404. Fifteen of these were later modified as F8F-1N night fighters with an APS-19 radar mounted under the starboard wing.

An unmodified production F8F-1 set a 1946 time-to-climb record (after a run of 115 ft [35 m]) of 10,000 feet (3,048 m) in 94 seconds (6,383 ft/min [32.43 m/s]). The Bearcat held this record for 10 years until it was broken by a jet fighter (which still could not match the Bearcat's short takeoff distance).

In 1948 Grumman introduced a number of improvements to produce the F8F-2. Among the changes were a modified cowling design, taller vertical fin, and the slightly more powerful R-2800-30W engine producing 2,240 hp (1,670 kW). A total of 293 F8F-2s were produced, along with 12 F8F-2N night fighters and 60 F8F-2P reconnaissance versions.

Production ended in 1949, and the first units began to convert off the type that year. The last Bearcats were withdrawn in 1952.


General Characteristics

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  • Wingspan 25.8ft (7.9m)
  • Length 59.1ft (18.0m)
  • Height 15.7ft (4.8m)
  • Empty Weight 8,619lbs (3,909kg)
  • Loaded Weight 10,159lbs (4,608kg)


  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.602
  • Wing Loading 38.9lbs/ft2 (189.9kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 261.2ft2 (24.3m2)
  • Drag Points 5297


  • Number of Parts 342
  • Control Surfaces 6
  • Performance Cost 1,631
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    @NotNewHere Wooo!, I'm working on 3 jets right now, about to add 3 more to that list, which will be part of one aircraft in general just the variants will be significantly different from each other

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    @Gabriel747 thank you!

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    15.8k Gabriel747


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    @Planebuilder2123 alright, blueprints have been set up in the builder and wingspan and length markers have been aligned. :clears throat: IT HAS BEGUN

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    @NotNewHere ok

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    @Planebuilder2123 you're not the first. An attempt will be made, can't guarantee anything lol.

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    May I suggest building the f4u-4 Corsair?

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