The Grumman F8F Bearcat served as a major part in the defeat of Japan in World War II.
These planes were designed to out-fly the lightweight Japanese fighter aircrafts such as the Japanese Zeros.
They were also effective in defending against the incoming airborne suicide known as Kamikaze attacks. The F8F Bearcat was an improved version of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.
An unmodified production F8F-1 set a 1946 time-to-climb record (after a run of 115 ft/35 m) of 10,000 ft (3,048 m) in 94 seconds (6,383 fpm). The Bearcat held this record for 10 years until it was broken by a modern jet fighter (which could still not match the Bearcat's short takeoff distance).
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