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Grumman F2F/F3F (SC) - Ginter Books - GI112CSN

Grumman F2F/F3F (SC) - Ginter Books - GI112CSN

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Richard S. Dann. This book covers the developmental history of the F2F and F3F. Designing a single-seat naval fighter for use aboard the U.S. Navy's growing carrier fleet. With excellent performance attributes, the Navy purchased 55 F2F-1s. While performance of the F2F-1 were impressive, Grumman continued development, offering the Navy an improved design known as the F3F-1.

With even better performance than the F2F, the Navy eventually ordered a total of 162 F3Fs in three major sub variants. Grummans stubby F2F and F3F airplanes dominated U.S. Navy fighter squadrons from 1935 to 1941, with the final operational F3Fs relinquished to the training command a mere two months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and surrounding facilities.

Individual aircraft histories are provided for each aircraft, listing assigned commands, mishaps and final disposition. Detailed period engineering photos show every aspect of the aircraft, followed by an operational history of each Navy and Marine Corps squadron.

Illustrated with over 440 photos, 34 color photos, many not previously published, 39 illustrations and line drawings; 192 pages.