August 17-18, 2013- Wings Over Camarillo
The F7F Tigercat
first flown in December of 1943. Before the first prototype
was even built, the Marine Corps placed an order for 500
Tigercats to be used for close support for operations underway
in the Pacific. Deliveries began in April of 1944 but the F7F
never saw operational service during WWII. They were used
post-war as night fighters, electronic reconnaissance and
photo reconnaissance. With the advent of jets, the Tigercats
were soon phased out for the jet aircraft performing those
roles. A total of 364 Tigercats were built. Today, about a
half a dozen or so remain in airworthy condition.
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