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F7F-3 Tigercat
General characteristics
1 personCrew
10.0 tTake-off weight
9.26 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
12 800 mCeiling
2 х Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34WEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
835.14 km/hStructural
463 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm M3 cannonWeapon 1
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 600 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 2
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 3
3 x Tiny Tim rocketsSetup 4
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 5
8 x HVAR rocketsSetup 6
8 x HVAR rockets
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 7
Sl icon.png5 900/7 040/2 680Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
510 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
184 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
260 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png230 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the gift naval fighter F7F-3. For the regular version, see F7F-1.


The F7F-3 Tigercat is a gift rank IV American twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB), 6.0 (RB), and 6.3 (SB). It was introduced during Update 1.61 "Road to Glory" in the Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. event of 2016.

The F7F-3 Tigercat is further development of the US Navy twin-engine fighter, the F7F-1. The third modification is equipped with more powerful engines which allowed for the installation of unguided rockets and even three Tiny Tims, which were effective not only against ships, but also enemy bases. Although the original F7F could reach a very high speed for a twin-engine fighter, this new machine accelerates even faster both in level flight and in a dive, which makes it an excellent aircraft for "hit and run" tactics. Like the original Tigercat, the F7F-3 has four 20mm guns AN/M2 and four 12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns - a powerful arsenal with a fire rate of almost 8 kg of lead per second!

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,877 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ? 12 800  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 444
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,877 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
751 708 12 800 23.6 25.0 37.9 25.5 444


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
835.14 463 N/A ~19 ~19
Optimal velocities
< 420 < 510 < 510 > 280
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,500 m 1,602 hp 1,954 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,900 m 1,478 hp 1,804 hp

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.


Offensive armament

The F7F-3 is armed with:

  • 4 х 20 mm AN/M3 cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)
  • 4 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 1,600 total)

Suspended armament

The F7F-3 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
  • 2 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
  • 3 х Tiny Tim rockets
  • 2 х Tiny Tim rockets + 1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
  • 8 х HVAR rockets
  • 8 х HVAR rockets + 1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in an aircraft, the features of using vehicles in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs FMBC mk.1
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm LFRC mk.12
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons FLBC mk.1
  • As a gift aircraft, the F7F-3's modifications are automatically unlocked upon purchase of the aircraft.

Pros and cons


  • Very high climb rate
  • Great dive speed
  • Amazing cannons with lots of ammo
  • Manoeuvrability most heavy fighters can only dream of
  • Good acceleration
  • Very rugged
  • VERY fast can catch a number of jets


  • Like most heavy fighter not manoeuvrable
  • Large target


The Grumman company continued to work on the F7F after it entered service. The third variant of the aircraft was a very deep modernization of the original, although visually the only difference was a bigger tail section (this resulted in a much better stability during flight). On the other hand, the biggest change was the introduction of the more powerful “Pratt & Whitney” R-2800-34W engines with a power output of 2,100 HP, which allowed for better flight characteristics in the Tigercat at high altitude.

Acceleration and climb rate increased, while the powerful weapons in the nose of the aircraft, consisting of four 20mm guns and four 12.7mm machine guns, remained. This fighter could carry rockets, which made it more universal and effective in attacking both ground and sea targets.

This aircraft was in production from March 1945 till June 1946 and during this time 250 units were built


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
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