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F11F Tiger/F11F-1F Super Tiger
« on: July 05, 2012, 05:17:19 AM »


Design and development:

The F11F (F-11) Tiger origins can be traced back to a privately funded 1952 Grumman concept to modernize the F9F-6/7 Cougar by implementing the area rule and other advances. This Grumman company project was known as the G-98, and by the end had departed totally from the Cougar.

An early production "short nose" F11F and a later "long nose" from VT-23.
The design's potential for supersonic performance and reduced transonic drag stirred interest in the Navy. By 1953, redesigns led to a completely new aircraft bearing no more than a familial resemblance to the Cougar. The new wing had full-span leading edge slats and trailing edge flap with roll control achieved using spoilers rather than traditional ailerons. For storage on aircraft carriers, the F-11 Tiger's wings manually folded downwards. Anticipating supersonic performance, the tailplane was all-moving. The aircraft was designed for the Wright J65 turbojet, a license-built version of the Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire.[1]
The Navy Bureau of Aeronautics was sufficiently impressed to order two prototypes, designated XF9F-8 even though the new fighter was clearly a new design. To add to the confusion, the prototypes were then redesignated XF9F-9 with the XF9F-8 designation going to another more straightforward Cougar derivative. Since the afterburning version of the J65 was not ready, the first prototype flew on 30 July 1954 with a non-afterburning engine. In spite of this, the aircraft nearly reached Mach 1 in its maiden flight. The second prototype, equipped with the afterburning engine, became the second supersonic US Navy aircraft, the first being the Douglas F4D Skyray. In April 1955, the aircraft received the new designation F11F-1 (F-11A after adoption of the unified Tri-Service naming system in 1962). Carrier trials started on 4 April 1956 when an F11F-1 Tiger landed on and launched from USS Forrestal.[2]
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 (.79 in) cannons, pilot Tom Attridge fired two bursts mid-way through a shallow dive. As the velocity and 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.


VF-33 Tigers from USS Intrepid in 1959.
Original designation.
Single-seat fighter version for the U.S. Navy, re-designated F-11A in 1962. 199 built and later production aircraft had a longer nose. One was used for static test and a further production of 231 aircraft cancelled.
designation of a Navy photo reconnaissance version, 85 were cancelled.


United States Navy:
VF-21 (redesignated VA-43, later VF-43), Atlantic Fleet
VF-24 (redesignated VF-211 in March 1959), Pacific Fleet
VF-33, Atlantic Fleet
VF-51, Pacific Fleet
VF-121, Pacific Fleet
VA-156 (redesignated VF-111 in January 1959), Pacific Fleet
VF-191, Pacific Fleet
ATU-203 (redesignated VT-23)
ATU-223 (redesignated VT-26)
Blue Angels (from 1957 to 1969)

Specifications (F11F-1/F-11A)

F11F-1 of the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola, Florida
Data from Bowers 1990, p. 257.
General characteristics
Crew: 1
Length: 46 ft 11 in (14.3 m)
Wingspan: 31 ft 7.5 in (9.6 m)
Height: 13 ft 3 in (4.0 m)
Wing area: 250 ft² (23 m²)
Empty weight: 13,810 lb (6,277 kg)
Loaded weight: 21,035 lb (9,561 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 23,459 lb (10,663 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Wright J65-W-18 turbojet
Dry thrust: 7,400 lbf (32.9 kN)
Thrust with afterburner: 10,500 lbf (46.7 kN)
Maximum speed: Mach 1.1 (727 mph, 1,170 km/h) at 35,000 ft (11,000 m)
Cruise speed: 577 mph (929 km/h)
Range: 1,275 mi (1,110 nmi, 2,050 km)
Service ceiling: 49,000 ft (14,900 m)
Rate of climb: 16,300 ft/min (83 m/s)
Wing loading: 84 lb/ft² (411 kg/m²)
Thrust/weight: 0.50
Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 125 rounds per gun
Hardpoints: 4 with a capacity of - and provisions to carry combinations of:
Rockets: Aero 6A or Aero 7A "Rocket Package"
Missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder
Other: 150 gal drop tank

F-11F-1 (Super Tiger)

Design and development

In addition to the F-11A (F11F-1) fighter, Grumman also proposed a more advanced version of the airframe known as the F11F-1F Super Tiger. This was the result of a 1955 study to fit the new General Electric J79 engine into the F-11 airframe. The Navy was sufficiently interested to authorize modification of two production F11F-1s with enlarged air intakes and YJ79-GE-3 turbojets, with the result being designated the F11F-1F, indicating a production F11F-1 with a special engine fit.
The aircraft first flew on 25 May 1956, reaching Mach 1.44 in one of the flights. After addition of 60° wing root fillets, a 13.5 in (35 cm) fuselage extension, and an uprated J79 engine, the F11F-1F reached an impressive Mach 2.04. This was a surprise even to Grumman, which had expected a top speed of only Mach 1.4 at altitude.[1] By comparison, the F11F-1 with the Wright J65 had had difficulty exceeding Mach 1.1. However, the U.S. Navy did not order the Super Tiger into production. Although the service ceiling of the aircraft was nominally 59,000 feet, a test flight on 18 Apr 1958 at Edwards AFB set a world altitude record of 76,938 feet.

Operational history (Marketing efforts)

Having failed to secure the Navy contract, Grumman marketed the Super Tiger to foreign customers. The Super Tiger outperformed the Saab Draken, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, Dassault Mirage III and Fiat G.91 in a tender to equip the Swiss Air Force. The Mirage III was finally chosen as a cheaper and more secure alternative, yet a close second in terms of performance.[2][3]
The German Luftwaffe, Japan Air Self Defense Force and Royal Canadian Air Force showed considerable interest but eventually the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was chosen. This outcome, however, was marred by the Lockheed bribery scandals, in which huge sums were paid by Lockheed to influential politicians in those countries to ensure the adoption of the Starfighter.

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 48 ft 9 in (14.85 m)
Wingspan: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Height: 14 ft 4 in [7] (4.36 m)
Wing area: 250 ft² (23.25 m²)
Empty weight: 13,810 lb (6,277 kg)
Loaded weight: 21,035 lb (9,561 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 26,086 lb (11,833 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J79-GE-3A turbojet
Dry thrust: 12,533 lbf (53.3 kN)
Thrust with afterburner: 17,000 lbf (75.6 kN)
Maximum speed: Mach 2.04 (1,400 mph, 2,253 km/h[7]) at 40,000 ft (12,192 m)
Range: 1,536 mi[7] (1,336 nmi, 1,826 km)
Service ceiling: 59,000 ft[7] (19,980 ft)
Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 125 rounds per gun
Hardpoints: 4 with a capacity of - and provisions to carry combinations of:
Missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder

i didnt add any pictures of the Super Tiger, because its a normal tiger airframe with a J79-GE-3A engine, so the 3d would be pretty much exactly the same.

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Re: F11F Tiger/F11F-1F Super Tiger
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 05:57:55 AM »


VF-51 is in that list, and we can always use a plane with a Tail Hook on it...............

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