SM1008 1/72 Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat
1/72 SkyMax Flying Heroes
*Mostly die-cast metal
*Very little plastic
*Option to display model with wheels down or up
*Display stand included
The Grumman F8F Bearcat which first entered service in May, 1945, was designed to replace the F6F Hellcat as an interceptor-fighter operating from small escort carriers.
Compared to its famous predecessor, the Bearcat was 20% lighter, had a 30% better rate of climb and was 50 mph (80 km/h) faster.
Because of that outstanding performance the Bearcat was placed into service with 24 squadrons, making it one of the U.S. Navy's premier post-World War II fighters.
Crew - 1 pilot
Length - 28 ft 3 in (8.6 m)
Wingspan - 35 ft 10 in (10.9 m)
Height - 13 ft 10 in (4.2 m)
Empty Weight - 7,070 lb (3,210 kg)
Loaded Weight - 9,600 lb (4,400 kg)
Max takeoff weight - 12,947 lb (5,870 kg)
Powerplant - 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W "Double Wasp" two-row radial engine, 2,100hp (1,567 kW)