Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat
Wing Area: 1828 sq. in.
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat Built too late to see combat in WWII and originally named the “Tomcat” Grumman thought the name was too sexist and changed the name to Tigercat. Designed as a Heavy Fighter, it had speed and great capacity for armaments. It had limited service in the Korean War. This beautiful sleek aircraft with hardly any frontal area ended up serving as a water bomber after the war. I was fortunate enough to witness two of these beautiful aircraft racing at the National Air Races in Reno. They flew by me repeatedly many times per day for 7 wonderful days. These are magnificent aircraft and to feel the pounding that the two radial engines produce at a mere 100 feet from you at nearly 400 mph…is awesome ….Yes I am a Pylon Judge at the Reno Air Races.