This Day in Aviation History
August 21st, 1944
First flight of the Grumman F8F Bearcat.

The Grumman F8F Bearcat (nicknamed “Bear”) was a single-engine American fighter aircraft introduced in late World War II. It went on to serve into the mid-20th century in the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the air forces of other nations. It would be Grumman Aircraft’s final piston engined fighter aircraft. Modified versions have broken speed records for piston-engined aircraft, and are popular among warbird owners…..

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