GRUMMAN F-11 TIGER

   INTRODUCTION :

  • 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.
Grumman F-11 Tiger | Blue angels, Us navy blue angels, Us military ...

Grumman F-11 Tiger - Supersonic Navy Jet Fighter, Air Museum

 

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
Grumman F-11 Tiger - Wikipedia
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PERFORMANCE :

  • 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

ENGINE:

  • 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.
Wright (Armstrong Siddeley) Sapphire J65-W-16A | In 1950, Wr… | Flickr

WEAPONS IN AIRCRAFT :

Guns:

  • 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 125 rounds per gun

Hardpoints:

  • 4 with a capacity of – with provisions to carry combinations of:

Rockets:

  • Aero 6A or Aero 7A “Rocket Package”

Missiles:

  • AIM-9 Sidewinder

Other:

  • 150 gal drop tank
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 PILOT SURVIVED :                     

  • The F-11 Tiger is noted for being the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down.[3] 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 :

Grumman F-11 Tiger Cutaway Drawing in High quality

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.
F-11 Tiger | Key Aero
  • 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.

COMMON FACTS:

RoleFighter aircraft
ManufacturerGrumman
First flight30 July 1954
Introduction1956
Retired1961 (Carrier)
1967 (Training)
1969 (Blue Angels)
Primary userUnited States Navy
Produced1954–1959
Number built200
VariantsGrumman F11F-1F Super Tiger
Grumman F-11 Tiger | Military Wiki | Fandom

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