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    F7F Tigercat flight at the 2018 Planes of Fame airshow

    Stewart Dawson flying the Grumman F7F Tigercat at the 2018 Planes of Fame airshow.

    Jason
    Jason Schillereff

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    Thanks Jason, another fine video piece. This aircraft is an impressive looking beast and something this size executing loops is great to watch. it’s a pity that bookings for UK shows didn’t encourage one to remain this side of the pond. Massive props and if I’m not mistaken slight forward sweep on the leading edge?

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      #3
      Yes, I certainly miss them leading the "Balbo" at Legends.

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        #4
        No forward sweep on the leading edge. Pretty much straight if I recall Stephens examples correctly.

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          #5
          Yes, I can see that now looking at scale plans but I can also see that the engine nacelle is about 1/3 wider than the fuselage - remarkable.

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            #6
            bloody ripper vid mate, love the tiger thank you for putting it up
            Cheer's all far and WIDE!! , Tally Ho from Phil in Oz!

            WHAT GOE'S UP MUST COME DOWN

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              #7
              I don't think TFC sold their Tigercat due to lack of airshow bookings, think you'll find it was sold along with the other twin engined machines like the B-25 and Mosquito due to insurers not allowing the Boss to fly twin's.
              Shame either way as it was an impressive beast, especially the sound it made on take off .

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                #8
                I'm not surprised it sounded sweet on t/o - with two 2500hp R-2800's shoving it along!

                Anon.

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                  #9
                  Thanks for the correction Keefy. The source of my comment was an article or online comment some way back.

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                    #10
                    Wonderful display flying. Spectacular but safe. Why is the place strewn with so many power cables? Must represent quite a hazard.

                    I saw a radar nosed Tigercat in the graveyard at Chino in 1997. It looked quite restorable. Does anyone know what became of it?

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                      I saw a radar nosed Tigercat in the graveyard at Chino in 1997. It looked quite restorable. Does anyone know what became of it?
                      Still on static display/unrestored - in need of sponsorship/money source if it were to be restored.

                      At present there are 6-7 flying Tigercats - two owned by Rod Lewis ("Here Kitty Kitty" and "La Patrona"), two owned by Jim Slattery (N379AK and N7629C), one owned by Dan Friedkin ("Bad Kitty" - previously owned by John Sessions), and one owned by Joe Clark (N909TC - previously owned by TFC). There is a 7th (N7195C), owned by an heir/family member of the Walton family (Lawrence Classics), considered airworthy by some sources, but is said to currently be undergoing extensive work/will be a regular flyer once completed.
                      Last edited by JohnTerrell; 13th June 2018, 14:01.

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