- The Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger is a supersonic, single-seat carrier-based United States Navy fighter aircraft in operation during the 1950s and 1960s.
- The F11F/F-11 was used by the Blue Angels flight team from 1957–1969. Grumman Aircraft Corporation made 200 Tigers, with the last aircraft being delivered to the U.S. Navy on 23 January 1959.
- The F-11 Tiger is noted for being the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down due to its high speed.
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS :
- Crew: 1
- Length: 13.983 m
- Wingspan: 9.639 m
- Width: 8.33 m wing-tips folded
- Height: 4.0323 m
- Wing area: 23 m2
- Empty weight: 13,810 lb (6,264 kg)
- Gross weight: 21,035 lb (9,541 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 23,459 lb (10,641 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Wright J65-W-18 afterburning turbojet engine,
- 7,450 lbf (33.1 kN) thrust at 8,300 rpm,
- 10,500 lbf (47 kN) with afterburner
- Maximum speed:
- 631 kn
- MACH 1.1 at 35,000 ft
- 654 kn (753 mph; 1,211 km/h) at sea level
- Cruise speed: 501 kn (577 mph, 928 km/h)
- Range: 1,110 nmi ( 2,060 km)
- Service ceiling: 49,000 ft (15,000 m)
- Rate of climb: 16,300 ft/min (83 m/s)
- Wing loading: 84 lb/sq ft (410 kg/m2)
- Thrust/weight: 0.5
- The aircraft was designed for the Wright J65 turbojet, a license-built version of the Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire.
- The U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics was sufficiently impressed to order two prototypes, designated XF9F-8 even though the new fighter was clearly a new design.
WEAPONS IN AIRCRAFT :
- 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 125 rounds per gun
- 4 with a capacity of – with provisions to carry combinations of:
- Aero 6A or Aero 7A “Rocket Package”
- AIM-9 Sidewinder
- 150 gal drop tank
PILOT SURVIVED :
- The F-11 Tiger is noted for being the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down. On 21 September 1956, during a test-firing of its 20 mm (0.79 in) cannons.
- Pilot Tom Attridge fired two bursts midway through a shallow dive. As the trajectory of the cannon rounds decayed, they ultimately crossed paths with the Tiger as it continued its descent, disabling it and forcing Attridge to crash-land the aircraft; he survived.
BLUEPRINT OF AIRCRAFT :
INTERESTING FACTS :
- The F-11 Tiger is noted for being the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down. On 21 September 1956, during a test-firing of its 20 mm (0.79 in) cannons, pilot Tom Attridge fired two bursts midway through a shallow dive.
- The F-11 Tiger, like all Grumman aircraft, was named after a cat. Fast and nimble, the F-11 was only the second supersonic fighter in the Navy’s inventory, capable of 843 miles an hour (Mach 1.1).
- It was actually Grumman’s first supersonic fighter and the company’s inexperience with the consequences of supersonic flight, as well as the fighter’s amazing speed, would be one test Tiger’s undoing.
|First flight||30 July 1954|
1969 (Blue Angels)
|Primary user||United States Navy|
|Variants||Grumman F11F-1F Super Tiger|
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