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Grumman F8F Bearcat

 

The Grumman F8F Bearcat is a WWII era aircraft.

 

The first model of the aircraft was designed and built during WWII, although they were not completed soon enough to see any action during that war.

 

They did come close, The Bearcat-equipped squadron VF-19 was onboard the carrier USS Langley, steaming for the pacific theater when Japan surrendered on Aug.16, 1945.

 

The Bearcat was the last, and perhaps the best, piston-engine fighter produced for the U.S. Navy, and was a fitting culmination to Grumman's World War II line of "Cats".

 

The Bearcat was capable of a maximum speed of 447 mph at 28,000 feet.

 

 

The most famous example of this aircraft has raced at the Reno air races many times.

 

This highly modified aircraft, called the Rare Bear, currently holds the record for the fastest piston engine aircraft ever, capturing the 3Km World Speed Record for propeller driven aircraft at an average speed of 528.33 mph.

 

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