F11 / F-11 Tiger

In service, the Tiger operated from the carriers Intrepid, Lexington, Hancock, Bon Homme Richard, Shangri-La, Forrestal, Saratoga and Ranger. The F11F's career lasted only four years because its performance was inferior to the Vought F-8 Crusader and the J65 engine proved unreliable. Also, the range and endurance of the Tiger was found to be inadequate. Thus, the Navy cancelled all orders for the F11F-1P reconnaissance version and only 199 F11F-1 (F-11A) fighters were built.

Grumman: F11 / F-11 Tiger

Role Fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Grumman
First flight 30 July 1954
Introduction 1956
Retired 1961 (Carrier) / 1967 (Training) / 1969 (Blue Angels)
Primary user United States Navy
Produced 1954 – 1959
Number built 200
Variants Grumman F11F-1F Super Tiger

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Grumman F11 Tiger

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. Originally designated the F11F Tiger in April 1955 under the pre-1962 Navy designation system, it was redesignated as F-11 Tiger under the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system.

The F11F/F-11 was used by the Blue Angels flight team from 1957–1969. Grumman Aircraft Corporation made 200 Tigers, with the last aircraft being delivered to the U.S. Navy on 23 January 1959.


The F11F (F-11) Tiger origins can be traced back to a privately funded 1952 Grumman concept to modernize the F9F-6/7 Cougar by implementing the area rule and other advances. This Grumman company project was named G-98, and when it was concluded it was a complete design departure from the Cougar.

The design’s potential for supersonic performance and reduced transonic drag stirred interest in the U.S. Navy. By 1953, redesigns led to a completely new aircraft bearing no more than a familial resemblance to the Cougar. The new wing had full-span leading edge slats and trailing edge flaps with roll control achieved using spoilers rather than traditional ailerons. For storage on aircraft carriers, the F-11 Tiger’s wings manually folded downwards. Anticipating supersonic performance, the tailplane was all-moving. 


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Grumman F11 Tiger (1954)



Single-seat fighter version for the U.S. Navy, redesignated F-11A in 1962. 199 built and later production aircraft had a longer nose. One was used for static tests with a further production of 231 aircraft cancelled.
Designation of a Navy photo reconnaissance version, 85 were cancelled.[6]
F11F-1F Super Tiger (G-98J)
F11F-1 fitted with the J79-GE-3A engine, two built.
Proposed tandem-seat trainer variant; unbuilt.[


Crew: 1

Length: 45 ft 10.5 in (13.983 m)

Wingspan: 31 ft 7.5 in (9.639 m)

Width: 27 ft 4 in (8.33 m) wing-tips folded

Height: 13 ft 2.75 in (4.0323 m)

Empty weight: 13,810 lb (6,264 kg)

Gross weight: 21,035 lb (9,541 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 23,459 lb (10,641 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Wright J65-W-18 afterburning turbojet engine, 7,450 lbf 

Maximum speed: 631 kn (726 mph, 1,169 km/h) / M1.1 at 35,000 ft 

Cruise speed: 501 kn (577 mph, 928 km/h)

Range: 1,110 nmi (1,280 mi, 2,060 km)

Service ceiling: 49,000 ft (15,000 m)

Rate of climb: 16,300 ft/min (83 m/s)

Wing loading: 84 lb/sq ft (410 kg/m2)

Thrust/weight: 0.5

Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 125 rounds per gun

Hardpoints: 4 with a capacity of –,with provisions to carry combinations of:

Rockets: Aero 6A or Aero 7A “Rocket Package”

Missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder

Other: 150 gal drop tank

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Seven U.S. Navy squadrons flew the F11F-1: VF-21 and VF-33 in the Atlantic Fleet and VA-156 (redesignated VF-111 in January 1959), VF-24 (redesignated VF-211 in March 1959), VF-51, VF-121, and VF-191 in the Pacific Fleet.

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