GRUMMAN F8F BEARCAT

BEARCAT SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Grumman Aircraft Engr. Corp., Bethpage, Long Is., New York, USA
Model: G-58
Designations: F8F; F3M
Name: Bearcat
First official flight: (XF8F-1) 31/08/1944
Factory production period: 1944 - 1949
Primary service period: 1945 - 1953
Last official flight: (F8F-1D / -2D) 1956

BEARCAT VARIANTS

1944 Model G-58 XF8F-1 2  
1945 Model G-58 F8F-1 / -1B / -1N 770  
1947 Model G-58 F8F-1B 126 Total: 0898
         
1948 Model G-58 F8F-2 / -2N / -2P 365 Total: 0365
         
1947 Model G-58A / B Model G-58A / B 2 Total: 002

Grand Total: 1265

BEARCAT PRODUCTION

Military Aircraft

XF8F-1
Prototype single seat, carrier-based fighter.
Produced 1944

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.90460, 90461 D-01, D-02

Total: 0002

F8F-1 / -1B / -1N
As XF8F-1, engine upgrade, dorsal fin,
minor changes.
658 as F8F-1 fighters.
100 as F8F-1B wing cannons.
12 as F8F-1N night-fighters.
Produced 1944 - 1947

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.90437 / 90459 D-1 / D-23  
BuNo.94752 / 95498 D-24 / D-770 Total: 0770
5253 additional airframes cancelled.

F8F-1B
As F8F-1, four 20mm wing cannons.
Original designation was F8F-1C.
Produced 1947 - 1948

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.121463 / 121522 mixed D-837 to D-1261  
BuNo.122087 / 122152 D-771 / D-836 Total: 0126

F8F-2 / -2N / -2P
As XF8F-2, four 20mm wing cannons.
293 as F8F-2 fighters.
12 as F8F-2N night-fighters.
60 as F8F-2P photo reconn. version.
Produced 1948 - 1949

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.121523 / 121792 mixed D-867 to D-1186  
BuNo.122614 / 122708 mixed D-1143 to D1261 Total: 0365

Model G-58A / G-58B
Civil demonstration version.
NX120IV: G-58A Gulfhawk IV (F8F-1),
later to civil reg.: NL3025.

N700A: G-58B Redship (F8F-2),
later to civil reg.: N7700C.

Produced 1947, 1949
Grumman Bethpage, New York

NX120IV (civil reg.) D-739A  
N700A (civil reg.) D-1262

Total: 0002

F3M-1 - 1945, General Motors Corp. order for 1876 cancelled.

Grand Total: 1265

BEARCAT CONVERSIONS

US Navy

F8F-1D 1+ F8F-1, 1949, drone director conversions.
F8F-1DB 1+ F8F-1B, unofficial designation for cannon armed French aircraft.
F8F-1E 1 F8F-1, 1945, night-fighter prototype, APS-4 radar.
XF8F-1N 2 F8F-1(94812, 94819), 1945, night-fighter prototypes, APS-19 radar.
F8F-1P 1 F8F-1, 1946, photo reconnaissance conversion.
XF8F-2 2 F8F-1(95049, 95330), 1947, engine upgrade, revised engine cowling, taller tail.
F8F-2D 1+ F8F-2, drone director conversions.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Bearcats in service with the air forces of France, S. Vietnam and Thailand.
 - Several sold on the civil market as circuit racers and Warbirds.

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