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Grumman G-51 Tigercat (N909TC) - 25 Aug 18, at Warbird Roundup at Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa, IDbr /br /Info from Joe Baugher:br /br /Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat 80425 (MSN C.167) delivered to US Navy Jun 10, 1945.  Stored at NAS Litchfield Park, Arizona Mar 1954. SOC Feb 1956. to civil registry as N7235C c 1959 and converted into a fire bomber.  Equipment removed by Sep 1983.  Reported 1982 with Military Aircraft Restoration Group, Chino, CA.  To Fighter Collection at Duxford, UK as G-RUMT, cancelled Jun 29, 2007. Registered N909TC Jul 10, 2007 to  Avstar Inc, Seattle, Washington Jul 20, 2007.  Current.
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Grumman G-51 Tigercat (N909TC)

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25 Aug 18, at Warbird Roundup at Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa, ID

Info from Joe Baugher:

Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat 80425 (MSN C.167) delivered to US Navy Jun 10, 1945. Stored at NAS Litchfield Park, Arizona Mar 1954. SOC Feb 1956. to civil registry as N7235C c 1959 and converted into a fire bomber. Equipment removed by Sep 1983. Reported 1982 with Military Aircraft Restoration Group, Chino, CA. To Fighter Collection at Duxford, UK as G-RUMT, cancelled Jun 29, 2007. Registered N909TC Jul 10, 2007 to Avstar Inc, Seattle, Washington Jul 20, 2007. Current.

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Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
I had never seen a Tigercat in the air. And I want to tell you that it is VERY COOL! For more info on Tigercats try this site:
http://www.airvectors.net/avf7f.html
Uwe Zinke
Hi Greg!!
sehr schönes Bild mit einem sehr seltenen Jet!! Klasse!!
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks! Yes, it is a very impressive bird!
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Yeah, I wondered about the G-51 Type/Model name, too. Someone on FA explained once that FA uses the first/earliest designator for a particular model of aircraft when you enter the ICAO code, even if it isn't the common or most current name/type. In 1941, when Grumman began new development (as opposed to trying to use a previous model they were working on) they gave it the "G-51 Tigercat" designation. So, that is the first Type/Model for the Tigercat. And it only lasted a couple of months until Grumman was awarded a contract to build the first two prototypes which were then designated as the XF7F-1. More details are in the article I linked to in my previous comment.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks for the info, jobeard!
Tom Vance
Too cool! I want video,,Waaaaaaa! :) 5*****!
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks, Tom! You know, video would have been great, but at the time I was concentrating too much on getting still shots as the bird(s) came over head! Maybe next time I'll think of it in time.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Tom, another reason video would have been great is to capture the sound of a Tigercat as it flies right over you at about 200 feet. It is VERY impressive! It might be my new "favorite" WWII aircraft!
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
(Oh, and I know the Tigercat entered service too late in WWII to see action, but it was developed during the war and did see action in Korea.)
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