Aviation

The Grumman Family

Lately I have been busy getting images ready and out to people, trying to get as much work done as possible so i can go do what i love to do which is taking pictures. This next week I’ll be at the Reno Air Races, an event that i look forward to every year since i started going to them a couple years ago. Why am I telling you all of this? Well lately I haven’t spent a whole lot of time behind the camera coming up with new content so i thought this would be a good time to add another plane to the hanger.

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This is the Grumman F8F Bearcat. It’s design was partially based of off back engineering the FW190 Fockewulf. It was meant to a successor to the Hellcat in which it would be an interceptor. It was made to takeoff and land on the smallest of carriers. It was lighter, faster and more maneuverable than the Hellcat but fell in speed to the F4U Corsair. It still had an edge on the A6M5 Zero. Even though it came out later in “43” is provided a pivotal role in the Pacific Theater.

F8F Bearcat

Images Captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 200-400 VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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