The XF7F-1 (Grumman design G-51) flew for the first time in December 1943 and met the Navy's requirements for a multi-engined carrier-based fighter aircraft with a ground-support role. The first Tigercats were delivered to the fleet in April 1944 but operational problems and changing requirements led to the production cancellation of some of the 500 ordered aircraft.
Soon after the production of the F7F had begun, a two-seat night-fighter variant - the F7F-2N - was produced temporarily. Then F7F-3s were built (with more powerful engines) and until late 1946 more F7F-3Ns and F7F-4Ns were produced by Grumman. All in all 36 F7F-1s, 1 XF7F-2, 65 F7F-2Ns, 189 F7F-3s, 60 F7F-3Ns and 13 F7F-4Ns were produced. All three night-fighter variants were two-seaters without nose-guns, but with a radar in the aircraft's nose. Some later modifications were F7F-3Es (with special equipment) and camera-equipped F7F-3Ps.
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