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Naval Fighters 01 - Grumman Tiger F11F-1 (2nd Edit.)

Naval Fighters 01 - Grumman Tiger F11F-1 (2nd Edit.)

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INTRODUCTION
NAVALFIGHTERS#ONEisattemptingtofillavoidinNavalAviation.ItisdedicatedtotheGrummanF11F-1Tiger,anaircraftforwhichtherehasbeen
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BACKGROUND
Sept.21.1956
AnFllF-1Tiger,pilotedbyGrummantestpilotTomAttridge,shotitselfdownwhileconductingtestfiringsoffeasternLongIslandbyrunninginto20mm.projectilesithadfiredonlysecondsbefore.TheTigerisnotablefortwofirst'sinNavalAviation.Itwasthefirstaircraftevertobeconceivedaccordingtothearearuleprinciple.Infact,theproductionversionsevencarriedauxiliaryfueltankswhichwerearea-ruled.Se-conditwastheNavys'firstsupersonicaircraft.TheTigerstorystartedinearnestonApril27,1953,whentheNavyplacedacontractwithGrummanforsixprototypes.ItwasoriginallydesignatedbyGrummanastheG-93.TheNavysoriginaldesignationwasF9F-8,whichwaschangedshortlyafterwardstoF9F-9.TheF9F-8designationwasthengiventoanewversionoftheGrummanCougar.OninceptiontheTigerhadnodirectcompetitors.ItscontractwasacarryondesignintendedtoimprovetheCougarseries,hencetheF9Fdesignation.Themainareaofimprovementcamefromtheap-plicationofthearearuleprinciple,whichhadbeenan-nouncedtotheaircraftindustrybytheN.A.C.A.inSeptember1952.ThethreeyearsoftestingbytheN.A.C.A.showedthatarea-rulinqshouldreducedragbyupto25%.AlongtheselinesGrummancleaneduptheairframefurtherbyeliminatingthehugewingfilletsandincorporatingtheintakesintothefuselagesides.Fur-thercleaningupandweightsavingbroughtabouttwothinofawingforgearstorage,thereforethegearwasin-corporatedintothefuselagesides.Thehorizontalstabilizerswereloweredandmountedonthefuselage.TheresultsofthisrefiningoftheCougardesignproducedanairframewithlittleornoresemblancetoitspredecessor.InApril1955,afterthefirstthreeexamples138604·138606hadbeenacceptedasF9F-9's,thedesignationwaschangedtoFllF-l.WhattheNavynowhadwasitsfirstlightweight,all-jet,"airsuperiorityfighter,"similarinconcepttoitsancestortheF8FBcercat.LiketheBearcatiswasde-signedasthesmallestandlightestairframecapableofbe-ingbuiltaroundagivenengine.Thisdesigncriteriaprovedtobepartofthereasonforitsshortlifeinfrontlinesquadrons,astheenginedidnotproduceadequatepowerfortheTigersdesignpurpose.Asbuilt,theTigerwasadayfighterarmedwithfour20mm.cannonsanduptofoursidewindermissles.
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UnitedStatesNavalAuration1910-1970,
thereareonlythreeentriespertainingtothisaircraft.
April18.1958
LCDR.G.C.Watkins,pilotinganFllF·1FTigeratEd-wardsAFB,broketheworldaltituderecordforthesec-ondtimein3days,thistimesettingthemarkat76,939feet.
DEVELOPMENT
July30,
1959
TheNavyannouncedthatAdvancedTrainingCommandunitsandReservesquadronswouldreceiveSidewinderair-to-airmissiles.ThefollowingweektheprogramwasimplementedwhentheAdvancedTrainingUnit203,atNAASKingsville,begantrainingoperationscarryingSidewindersontheirF11FJets.FRONTCOVER:FllF-1(#386611)atNASPatuxentRiver,14NOV,1955.BACKCOVER:F11F-1readyfortake-offfromUSSFor-restal,4-4-56.NATIONALARCHIVES:80-G-682571and80-G-688711.ThefirstflighttookplaceonJuly30,1954,withTiger#138604.TherewerenoXseriesTigersasthesixpro-totypeswereconsideredpre-productionmachines.ThefirstflighttookplacewiththeJ65·W7enginesansafter-burner.Theengineproduced7,500lbs,thrust,andwithoutitsafterburnerwasobviouslyunderpowered.
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wassixmonthslaterinJan.1955thattheafterburnerwasfittedonthenumbertwoaircraft.Evenwiththeafter-burner,aircraft#138605hadperformanceproblems.JnFebruary1955,aircraft#138606wasredesignedinanattempttoovercomesomeoftheaircraftsproblems.Thesechangeswereincorporatedintothefirstbatchofproductionmodels.
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