YouTube – Grumman F3F
Wright R1820 radial
2 – 116 lbs. ea.
1- 7.62 & 1- 12.7 mm
23 ft 2 in.
The Grumman F3F concept originated when the U.S. Navy requested a two seat biplane fighter in 1931. This was the beginning of a long relationship between Grumman and the United States Navy.
The prototype aircraft produced by Grumman was an all-metal design that had retractable landing gear. It had a top speed of 195 mph. This was faster than other fighter aircraft currently in U.S. Navy service at the time.
Grumman continued improvements on the original aircraft that resulted in a single seat U.S. Navy fighter. It was more powerful and larger than the original two seat aircraft, and contained numerous aerodynamic improvements as well. The aircraft became the Grumman F3F.
Grumman F3F aircraft were deployed in 1936 aboard the aircraft carriers USS Ranger and USS Saratoga. The United States Marine Corps also employed the fighter and continued their use through October of 1941.
A total of 147 Grumman F3F aircraft of all types were produced.
RC Grumman F3F
The great looking RC Grumman F3F built by Modelmaster 2001 of RC Groups has a wingspan of 54 in. and is powered by an O.S. .61 engine. Weight is about 8 1/4 lbs..
Jerry Bates Plans has the RC Grumman F3F giant scale plans. It is all wood that builds to a 96 in. wingspan with a 96 in. long fuselage. Recommended power comes from 110 cc gas engines.
Manzano Laser Works has plans for a 32 in. wingspan RC Grumman F3f. A 2015-5400 geared motor is recommended to power the approximately 20 oz. airplane.
Aerofred.com has three view drawings to help build a RC Grumman F3F.
RC Modeler has plans for sale of the two seat civilian version of the Grumman F3F. It has a wingspan of 54 in. and a length of 48 1/2 in. Power comes from a .61 two stroke engine. Construction is of balsa and plywood. The plans are under the name “Gulfhawk.”
At RC Groups you can find plans posted by planeman for a Grumman F3F.