Specifications for the
Grumman F8F Bearcat
Carrier-Borne Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
Focus Model: Grumman F8F-1B Bearcat
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Grumman - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1945
Length: 28.25ft (8.61m)
Width: 35.83ft (10.92m)
Height: 13.78ft (4.20m)
Weight (Empty): 7,068lbs (3,206kg)
Weight (MTOW): 12,948lbs (5,873kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Pratt & Whitney 2,100hp R-2800-34W Double-Wasp 18-cylinder radial piston engine.
Maximum Speed: 421mph (677kmh; 366kts)
Maximum Range: 1,105miles (1,778km)
Service Ceiling: 38,698ft (11,795m; 7.3miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 4,570 feet per minute (1,393m/min)
4 x 12.7mm machine guns
4 x 20mm cannons
4 x 12.7cm rockets OR 1 x 1000lb bomb
G-58 - Grumman Company Designation
G-58A - Civilian Model of which two were produced; second model was for demonstration purposes.
XF8F-1 - Two Prototype Models
F8F-1 - Initial Production Model; fitted with Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W Double Wasp radial piston engine of 2,100 horsepower; folding wings; self-sealing fuel tanks; 4 x 12.7mm machine guns; retractable tailwheel.
F8M-1 - F8F-1 models produced by General Motors.
F8F-1B - Armament changed to 4 x 20mm cannons; 100 exmaples produced.
F8F-1(D) - Export Production Model for France (100 examples) and Thailand (~100 examples).
XF8-1N - Two Night-Fighter Prototype Models
F8F-1N - Night-fighter Production Model Designation; fitted with APS-19 series radar; 36 examples produced.
XF8F-2 - Two Prototypes of F8F-2 Production Models.
F8F-2 - Second Production Model; billed as "improved" Bearcat; fitted with Pratt & Whitney R-2800-30W radial piston engine; revised engine cowling; enlarged dorsal rudder and vertical tail fin; 4 x 20mm cannon armament; 239 produced.
F8F-2N - Night-Fighter Production Variant based on F8F-2 models; fitted with APS-19 radar; 12 examples produced.
F8F-2P - Photo-Reconnaissance Platform; outfitted with cameras and associated equipment; 2 x 20mm cannons retained for self-defense; 30 examples produced.
F8F-1D - F8F-1 Production Models converted to Drone Control Aircraft.
F8F-2D - F8F-2 Production Models converted tp Drone Control Aircraft.
France; North Vietnam; South Vietnam; Thailand; United States