GRUMMAN F7F TIGERCAT

TIGERCAT SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Grumman Aircraft Engr. Corp., Bethpage, Long Is., New York, USA
Models: G-51, G-66, G-67, G80
Designations: F7F; TSF
Name: Tigercat
First official flight: (XF7F-1) 03/11/1943
Factory production period: 1943 - 1946
Primary service period: 1944 - 1954
Last official flight: (F7F-4N) 31/01/1954

TIGERCAT VARIANTS

1943 Model G-51 XF7F-1 2  
1944 Model G-51 F7F-1N 34 Total: 036
         
1944 Model G-51 XF7F-2 1  
1944 Model G-51 F7F-2N 65 Total: 066
         
1945 Model G-51 F7F-3 / -3N 249 Total: 249
         
1945 Model G-51 XF7F-4N 1  
1946 Model G-51 F7F-4N 12 Total: 013

Grand Total: 364

TIGERCAT PRODUCTION

XF7F-1
Prototype twin engined, single-seater, carrier-based
fighter-bomber. 4 nose guns, 4 wing cannons.
Produced 1943

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.03549, 03550 C-01, C-02

Total: 002

F7F-1N
As XF7F-1, night-fighter version, engine
upgrade, nose radar. Also designated
as F7F-1.
Produced 1943 - 1944

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.80259, 80260 ?  
BuNo.80262 / 80293 ?

Total: 034

XF7F-2
As F7F-1N, prototype two-seater night-fighter.
Produced 1944

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.80261 ?

Total: 001

F7F-2N
As XF7F-2, minor changes, single-seater
conversions (post construction) as F7F-2.
Produced 1944 - 1945

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.80294 / 80358 ?

Total: 065

F7F-3 / -3N
As F7F-2N, enlarged tail, engine upgrade.
189 as F7F-3 single-seater fighters.
60 as F7F-3N 2-seater night-fighters, nose radar.
Produced 1945 - 1946

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.80359 / 80547 ?  
BuNo.80549 / 80608 ?

Total: 249

1388 additional airframes cancelled.

XF7F-4N
As F7F-3N, nose radar upgrade.
Produced 1945

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.80548 ?

Total: 001

F7F-4N
As XF7F-4N, minor changes.
Produced 1946

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.80609 / 80620 ? Total: 012

F7F-5 - Proposed engine upgrade, cancelled.
Model G-66 (XTSF-1), G-67, G-80 - Proposed upgrades, all cancelled.

Grand Total: 364

TIGERCAT CONVERSIONS

US Navy

F7F-2D 1+ F7F-2N, 1946, drone director conversions.
F7F-2P 1+ F7F-2N, photo reconnaissance conversions.
F7F-3E 3 F7F-3, 1946, special electronic equipment, conversions cancelled.
F7F-3K 1+ F7F-3, 1946, radio controlled drones.
F7F-3P 61 F7F-3, 1945, photo reconnaissance conversions.

CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Several Tigercats sold on the civil market as fire-bombers and Warbirds.

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