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Grumman F8F Bearcat references, articles and publications

FRENCH BEARCATS IN INDO-CHINA 1951-1954

Volume 44, Issue 6, 1993, Air International

Jean Christophe Manevy

Bearcat operations in support of the French ground forces, during the war in Indo-China, are described by Jean Christophe Manevy.

AT SPEED WITH THE BEAR

Volume 41, Issue 6, 1991, Air International

Bill Johnson

A fascinating insight into the fast and furious world of the Reno air races including an in depth interview with this years' winner, Lyie Shelton, who explains in graphic detail what it is really like out there: Bill Johnson reports.

Thai 'Cat

Volume 14, Issue 12, 1978, Air Classics

The only surviving flyable F8F-1 Bearcat

Tailhook legacy

Volume 35 Issue 09, 2002, Aircraft illustrated

Steve Barber

Combining past and present - US Navy Style

Classic WW2 pistons mixing it with state-of-the-art super fighters. Just how do you put together a display item that combines the power, grace and agility of machines seperated by 50 years of technology? The man tasked with the challenge, warbird pilot Steve Barber, takes up the story...

No. 99 - F8F Bearcat in Action

Aircraft in Action Charles L. Scrivner

During 1943, Grumman was producing large numbers of F6F-3 Hellcats for service in the Pacific; however, both Grumman and the Navy realized that, although the F6F was the answer to the Navy's immediate needs, a successor with even higher performance would be required if the war continued. Both Boeing and Curtiss had proposed fighter designs to replace the Hellcat that were both larger and heavier than the F6F. Boeing had submitted the XF8B-1. while the entry from Curtiss was designated the XF14C-I. During this same time, Grumman engineering test pilot Bob Hall was sent to England to test fly and evaluate a captured German Focke Wulf 190 fighter. He was so impressed with the lightweight German fighter that he hurried back to report to Leroy (Roy) Grumman, founder and president of Grumman.

No. 99 - F8F Bearcat in Action

Aircraft in Action Charles L. Scrivner

During 1943, Grumman was producing large numbers of F6F-3 Hellcats for service in the Pacific; however, both Grumman and the Navy realized that, although the F6F was the answer to the Navy's immediate needs, a successor with even higher performance would be required if the war continued. Both Boeing and Curtiss had proposed fighter designs to replace the Hellcat that were both larger and heavier than the F6F. Boeing had submitted the XF8B-1. while the entry from Curtiss was designated the XF14C-I. During this same time, Grumman engineering test pilot Bob Hall was sent to England to test fly and evaluate a captured German Focke Wulf 190 fighter. He was so impressed with the lightweight German fighter that he hurried back to report to Leroy (Roy) Grumman, founder and president of Grumman.

500 plus

Number 102, January 1990, Flypast magazine

Joe Cupido

Joe Cupido explains how the Rare Bear Racing Team put their Grumman Bearcat through the magical 500 mph 'barrier'

Unlimited racing with the hot ships

Volume 2, Issue 5, 1972, Air International

One of the minor phenomena of the US aviation scene is the use of hotted-up World War II fighter types to provide spectacular "unlimited" races at a number of locations each year. Our Veteran and Vintage Department presents a colourful glimpse of these nostalgia-provoking aircraft

Hot Rod

Number 157, August 1994, Flypast magazine

Grumman's potent Bearcat is 50 this month.

Indo-Chinese Fighting 'Cats: Grumman's Superb Bearcat in Vietnam

Volume 70, July 1997, Air Enthusiast

Albert Grandolini

First the French and then the South Viet na mese found the Grumman Beurcat an invaluable tool in the counter-insurgency war. Includes full-colour artwork.

Image of Grumman F8F Bearcat (Naval Fighters, No 80)

Grumman F8F Bearcat (Naval Fighters, No 80)

Corwin Meyer

History of Grumman's last piston-engined carrier-capable fighter. Intended as a small high performance replacement for the FM2s operating from escort carriers, the Bearcat missed combat in WWII but served well with the US Navy until 1955. Covers the origins, development, variants and service history and includes detail photos and diagrams well describing the airframe and equipment, inside and out; 216 pages.

Image of Grumman F8F Bearcat (Super Profile)

Grumman F8F Bearcat (Super Profile)

Super Profile Series Christopher Chant

Aviation. Gloss printed boards very nice, lightly rubbed, light bumps on the corners. Interior clean and tight. No jacket (as issued?).

Image of Blue Angels: 50 Years of Precision Flight

Blue Angels: 50 Years of Precision Flight

Nicholas A Veronico

Strap yourself in for a high altitude, history-making adventure! Follow along as Veronico and Fritze reveal the entire history of the incredible Blue Angels flight demonstration team. An unprecedented look at the people, the places, and the aircraft of the Navys incomparable Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

20/06/1996

Image of Grumman Cats (Osprey Classic Aircraft)

Grumman Cats (Osprey Classic Aircraft)

Michael O'Leary

Grumman has produced many fine designs over the decades but are best known for their world beating fighters - the tubby Wildcat, the Hellcat, the Tigercat, the Bearcat and the F-14 Tomcat. This book charts the history of these "cats" and illustrates many famous Navy fighter squadrons through the colourful markings of restored Grumman heavy metal both on the ground and in the skies.

1/09/1992

Bearcat Unfolded

Number 217, August 1999, Flypast magazine

Our Latest Classic Aircraft Profile With Gatefold Artwork Zooms In On The Mighty Grumman F8F.

Image of Corky Meyer's Flight Journal

Corky Meyer's Flight Journal

Corwin Meyer

Designing high-performance military aircraft in the slide-rule era was challenging. Being the first person to fly these airplanes and expand an aircraft's flight envelope was often very frightening, if not downright deadly. It is hard to believe that someone could really endure 22 years in this occupation, plus another 30 years in the aircraft industry, often leading the industry-wide transition from large, too-complicated piston engines to doggy, unreliable jet engines and from 300-mile-per-hour (barn doors√∑ through slippery transonic and supersonic airframes. But this is, in fact, the truly remarkable v if not virtually unparalleled v life story of Corky Meyer. In an occupation and time which killed many, if not most, this man had the brains, skill, and good luck to meet every challenge that faced him and survive to tell his amazing story. It is a story that covers the most important era in the history of flight, told by a man at the epicenter of the activity. Corky Meyer's Flight Journal is an electrifying tale of a very passionate and patriotic man, his wife and family, and of course his numerous sensational close calls as an experimental fighter test pilot.

Image of Wings of the Weird & Wonderful

Wings of the Weird & Wonderful (Consign)

Eric Brown

Eric Winkle Brown, the former Chief Naval Test Pilot and Commanding Officer of the renowned Aerodynamics Flight at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having flown more types of aircraft than any other pilot in the world. The ground rules for this assessment were that only pilot-in-command flights should count, and that marks or variants of a basic type of aircraft were not included.
This remarkable record is reflected in the fact that Captain Brown is both the most decorated Fleet Air Arm and British test pilot. The variety of aircraft he has flown is incredible, and though his test and naval flying writings are already internationally known, he now has opened up pages of his Flying Log Books to reveal some of the more unusual types in his unique experience, and to relate their virtues or vices.
From the infamous Mitsubishi Zero-Sen and U.S. Navy s piston-engine Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat to the post-war swept-wing de Havilland Swallow. From the North American Savage designed to take off from an aircraft carrier with a nuclear bomb to the Supermarine Attacker, Eric Winkle Brown has tested their qualities and takes the reader into the cockpits of those exciting aircraft to thrill to the joys and hazards of flying both weird and wonderful aircraft with one of the greatest of all pilots.

Gulf hawk 4th

Volume 21, Issue 02, 1993, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Michael O'Leary

Michael O'Leary reports on the restoration of a famous Grumman Bearcat

LAST OF THE WARTIME 'CATS

Volume 18, Issue 5, 1980, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown describes, in his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series on Naval aircraft of World War II, the Grumman F8F Bearcat, a fighter that he found to be almost viceless...

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