Grumman F7F Tigercat

              The Grumman F7F Tigercat was a two-seat, twin-engine night-fighter used by the US Marine Corps during the Korean War.  A prototype of the Tigercat first flew on December 1943, and deliveries to the Marine Corps began in April 1944.  It was an excellent aircraft, however, it did not see operational service during World War Two.

            The F7F had two 2,100-hp engines giving it a maximum speed of 435 mph.  It was armed with four 20mm cannon and four 0.50-inch machine-guns and could carry up to 2,000 lbs. of bombs.

            F7F-3N night-fighters of VMF(N)-542 arrived in Japan on 11 September 1950 and moved to bases at Kimpo airfield, near Seoul , on 19 September 1950.  The Tigercats saw relatively little combat until June 1952 when they began escorting B-29s on their night bombing missions.  The F7F was an ineffective escort versus MiG-15 night-fighters so the Marine‚Äôs VMF(N)-513 converted to F3D-2N Skyknight night-fighters in November 1952.