F-11 Tiger

The Tiger was intended to be a simple, lightweight, air superiority, day interceptor to protect the fleet.
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BuNo. 141821

The F-11 “Tiger” was intended to be a simple, lightweight, air superiority, day interceptor to protect the fleet. It was also the last fighter produced by Grumman until its introduction of the F-14 “Tomcat”.

The F-11 was the smallest airframe possible designed around a given engine. The aircraft was so small that only the tips of the wings folded. Thin swept wings incorporating spoilers instead of ailerons coupled with an area-rule (coke-bottle fuselage) design enable the “Tiger” to achieve a top speed of over 900 mph. Tigers reached a speed of 1386.47 mph in level flight and achieved a world altitude record of 76,828 feet.

First flown in July 1954. Subsequent test trials provided for one of the most bizarre moments in aviation history when a Grumman pilot managed to “shoot himself down” with his own bullets. Firing the guns in a dive, the trajectory of the bullets allowed him to overtake them on his pullout causing aircraft damage, an engine flame-out and a crash landing.

Nearly 200 “Tigers” were produced with some going to the Blue Angel flight demonstration team. The balance were assigned to six day-fighter attack squadrons. Having been replaced by the F8U “Crusader”, the F11Fs saw only brief front-line service and were ultimately sent to Advanced Training Command and Reserve squadrons.

Specifications

  • Designation: F11F-1/F-11A
  • Manufacturer: Grumman Aircraft Corp.
  • Type: Day fighter
  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Power Plant: (1) 7,450 lb s.t. Wright J65-W-18
  • Dimensions: Span 31′ 7
  • Weight: 22,160 lbs gross
  • Speed: 750 mph maximum
  • Range: 635 miles tactical

History of Grumman F-11A Tiger BuNo.141821

  • Accepted 03-31-58. BAR Bethpage
  • VF-51 Miramar 04/58-08/58
  • VF-121 Miramar 08/58-02/59
  • FASRON 10 Moffett Field 05/59-12/59
  • VF-111 12/59-02/61
  • Storage Field Litchfield Park 03/61-11/61
  • O&R BUWEPS Cherry Point 01/62-02/62
  • TARON 26 Chase 02/62-11/64