G-RUMM/N700HL Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat Bu 121714
in the markings of United States Navy Squadron VF20A
Related Notes & Links
Grumman's last Piston Engine fighter, the Bearcat arrived just too late to see service in World War. II
The Bearcat was the United States Navy's mainstay Fighter during the early 1950's but after 10 Years of Service it had to give way to the new generation of Jet Aircraft.
The only Nation to use the Bearcat extensively in Combat was the French Air Force during the First Indochina War, where it was tasked with Ground Attack.
The aircraft pictured left USN Service in 1957 and passed through several US owners until 1977 when it was subject to a total rebuild. In 1981 it was sold to The Fighter Collection and after further work was shipped to Britain and became an active part of The Fighter Collection in 1984, with whom it remains to this day.
Grumman F8F Bearcat Link
Grumman F8F Bearcat - Wikipedia Entry
'Flying Legends' Links
The 'Flying Legends' show at Duxford is organised by:
The Fighter Collection
in association with the
Imperial War Museum Duxford