Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
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.