F11-1F Super Tiger

Location: China Lake Museum  

Only two Super Tigers were ever produced and the China Lake Museum is home to the only one still in existence today.

Grumman F11F-1F Super Tiger, Bu. No. 138647, in flight near Edwards AFB, California. (U.S. Navy)  Picture Source

Grumman F11F-1F Super Tiger, Bu. No. 138647, in flight near Edwards AFB, California. (U.S. Navy) Picture Source

F11F-1F Super Tiger at China Lake Museum

F11F-1F Super Tiger at China Lake Museum

The Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger is a supersonic, single-seat carrier-based United States Navy fighter aircraft in operation during the 1950s and 1960s. The F11F/F-11 was also used by the Navy Blue Angels flight team from 1957–1969.

The Aircraft on display at China Lake is the second prototype F11F-1F (BuNo 138647) it was retired on 10 January 1961 and used as a ground training aircraft before being retired and put on display.

General characteristics

  • Crew: one

  • Length: 48 ft 9 in (14.85 m)

  • Wingspan: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)

  • Height: 14 ft 4 in (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)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.04 (1,400 mph, 2,253 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,192 m)

  • Range: 1,536 mi (1,336 nmi, 1,826 km)

  • Service ceiling: 59,000 ft (19,980 ft)

Armament

  • 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

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