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USN, "Beetle Bomb", 1949
this aircraft was used during a simulated attack
and dogfight with the Blue Angels F8F-1B
shown in SM1003 as part of their air show.
|Grumman F8F Bearcat
The Grumman F8F Bearcat which first entered service in May, 1945, was designed to
replace the F6F Hellcat as an interceptor-fighter operating from small escort carriers.
Compared to its famous predecessor, the Bearcat was 20% lighter, had a 30% better rate of
climb and was 50 mph (80 km/h) faster. Because of that outstanding performance the
Bearcat was placed into service with 24 squadrons, making it one of the U.S. Navy's premier
post-World War II fighters.
Crew - 1 pilot
Length - 28 ft 3 in (8.6 m)
Wingspan - 35 ft 10 in (10.9 m)
Height - 13 ft 10 in (4.2 m)
Empty Weight - 7,070 lb (3,210 kg)
Loaded Weight - 9,600 lb (4,400 kg)
Max takeoff weight - 12,947 lb (5,870 kg)
Powerplant - 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W "Double Wasp" two-row radial engine, 2,100
hp (1,567 kW)
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