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Fighter

Chance Vought F4U-1D Corsair, VF-84, CV-17 Bunker Hill (Hasegawa)

TYPE: Carrier-based fighter

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp, rated at 2,000 hp

PERFORMANCE: 446 m.p.h. at 26,200ft

Chance Vought XF4U-4 with Corsair Contraprops (Hasegawa, Self Conversion)

TYPE: Carrier-based fighter

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W Double Wasp, rated at 2,100 h.p.

FOR TEST: Aero products contraprops

PERFORMANCE: 425 m.p.h. at 28,000 ft

Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat (Monogram)

TYPE: Carrier-based fighter-bomber

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-22W Double Wasp engines, rated at 2,100 hp each

PERFORMANCE: 427 mph at 19,200 ft

COMMENT: In mid 1938, the US Navy had ordered a prototype twin-engine fighter from the Grumman Company and, by middle of 1941, preliminary flight-test data for this aircraft, the XF5F-1 (Grumman G-45) was available. Although the XF5F-1 suffered a number of shortcomings, it provided a useful basis for the development of a larger twin-engine fighter. Ordered in June 1941 and designated XF7F-1 this new fighter was intended to be operated from the forthcoming 45,000 ton carriers of the USS Midway class. It was the Navy’s first twin built in production quantities, and the first carrier-based fighter to operate with a tricycle undercarriage. Although classified as a fighter the aircraft was designed to operate in a ground-support role, for which it was heavily armed. In early 1944 an order for 500 Tigercats was given and deliveries began in April 1944. Operational problems and changing requirement let to restriction in the production program. After 34 F7F-1 had been delivered production switched to 189 F7F-3s, similar to the single-seat model but with more powerful R-2800-34W engines. Including two-seated night-fighter variants , the Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat, production totaled 250 aircraft. Too late for operational service in WW II, the Tigercat served with a few Marine squadrons after the war but was soon displaced by the advent of jet-powered aircraft. (Ref. 18)

Ryan F2R-1 Dark Shadow (MPM)

TYPE: Carrier-borne fighter

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: General Electric XT31-GE-2 turboprop and General Electric J31-GE-3 turbojet

Ryan FR-1 Fireball (Airmodel, Vacu)

TYPE: Carrier-borne fighter

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Wright R-1820-72W Cyclone 9, rated at 1,350 hp and General Electric J31 turbojet, rated at 1,600 lb s.t.

PERFORMANCE: 404 mph at 17,800 ft