Shortly after the Battle of Midway, Jamie Thach
(inventor of the Thach Weave combat tactic) and other pilots who had
participated, met with Grumman personnel at Pearl Harbor to give input into a
new carrier fighter design, specifically with maximum climb rate for
interception. The resultant plane, the Bearcat, had the same engine as the F6F
Hellcat, but was about 5 feet shorter. This, combined with a lighter airframe
and a thinner wing, allowed the Bearcat a 50mph advantage over the Hellcat and a
record setting climb rate. There is speculation that the testing of a captured
German FW190 interceptor may have influenced the design. While arriving
operationally in the summer of 1945 to the Pacific, the Bearcat was immediately
busy being a Kamikaze Killer of the top rank.
After the war the Bearcat
filled out 24 squadrons and outperformed the early jet fighters, until being
replaced by the F9F Panther and F2H Banshee during the Korean War. Subsequently
the Bearcats went on to serve with the French in Vietnam as well as Thailand.
In civilian use, surplus Bearcats dominated the Reno Air Races for
decades. A highly modified F8F named Rare Bear set the world speed record for
propeller driven aircraft at 528mph in 1989.
Arrows faithfully recreates the F8F in exceptional realism.
Despite its compact size, the realistic landing gear, retracts, panel lines,
functional flaps, pilot and auxiliary fuel tank were all replicated
realistically. The preinstalled 40A ESC and 3536 850kV power system is adapted
for scale and sport flight maneuvers. For scale lovers, the Bearcat awaits!
- High power-to-weight ratio
- Realistic scale details
- Simple yet robust airframe
- Easy assembly
- No glue required
- Environmentally friendly water-based
- 3536 850kV outrunner brushless motor (installed)
- 40A ESC installed (XT60 connector)
- Electronic retractable landing gear (installed)
- Servos (installed)
- 6-Channel radio transmitter
- 6-Channel receiver
- 3-Cell 11.1V 2200mAh LiPo battery with XT60
- 3-Cell compatible battery