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Grumman Bearcat inspired by FW-190?

Old 27th Dec 2009, 23:15
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"Reading histories of fighters like the Bf / Me 109 and Spitfire - that was all about the most powerful (& reliable) engines on the smallest airframes."

They all got bigger, and heavier, and more complex, _including_, interestingly, the FW-190. What was intersting about the Bearcat was that it, like, the F-5, was an attempt to go 180 degrees in the other direction.
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 07:59
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Just a reminder what a beautiful aircraft this thread is referring to:
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 08:15
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No - This is beautiful.
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 08:52
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......and is a timely reminder that the need to make smaller fighters was not recognised only by Grumman. The Fury began life as the 'Tempest Light Fighter'.

It has been a recurring theme that designers suddenly seem to realise that fighters are getting too big. The F-5 has been mentioned, there was also the Gnat, and most recently the Eurofighter single engine studies borne of Germany's misplaced desire to reduce costs by developing a completely new version of the Typhoon.

Even before the Fury and Bearcat there were attempts to 'simplify and add lightness' in types like the Martin Baker MB2 and Miles M20, but the Bearcat and Fury are undoubtedly the best examples from the pre jet age.
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 20:14
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ZH875....


That one doesn't even have a Centaurus!

and don't get me started on that hood
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 20:29
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Funny, I just got off the phone with Steve Hinton, who of course has flown them all, and he talked of the Fury as in many ways being the polar opposite of the Bearcat. "Nice airplane, but you have to remember it's as big as a bomber." A bit of hyperbole, of course, but he hardly thinks of it as a lightweight.
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 21:11
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Well it wasn't THAT much smaller than the Tempest in the final execution, but its the thought that counts

Navalizing it would have piled a few pounds on, it not being initially designed for carriers like the Bearcat was.

I just noticed the Sea Fury in the pic also only has a 4 blade prop, still lovely though, if unauthentic.
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Old 30th Dec 2009, 07:00
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Hawker Fury inspired by FW-190?

Just how many aircraft did this captured FW-190 "influence and inspire?"

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Old 30th Dec 2009, 07:36
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Well it inspired the Spitfire Mk IX. And the Spitfire 'inspired' the FW190...
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Old 30th Dec 2009, 22:27
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Hi Graeme, it wasn't that the Fury itself was inspired by th Fw190, only the manner of its Centaurus radial being cowled. I think the best, or perhaps I should say prettiest, version of the Fury was the one with the Napier Sabre in it.

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Old 31st Dec 2009, 07:08
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I thought Hawker got the idea of using a comparatively small wing for the fuselage size from the FW190.

The Spitfire IX was a response to the FW190 but was basically a re engined Mk V. From what I read the FW190 was partly inspired by the Bf109 in the sense that it was a deliberate attempt to avoid the bad points. Hence the wide wheeltrack and all round visibility.
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Old 15th Jan 2016, 10:36
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Grumman Bearcat inspired by FW-190?

Well, I've had a few hours in the F8, and conclude that the its resemblance to the FW 190 is striking. Whether the 190 had any influence on the F8 may be left to the researchers, I would think. There must have been some real live thoughts buzzing between the German and Grumman engineers-- never mind, both great aircraft. JD Williams, Lcdr USNR
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Old 16th Jan 2016, 20:01
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As not having heard about this before, my initial thoughts is why Grumman would take notice of the German lightweighting when they obviously didn't do it around the primary opponent to the Grummans: The Zero?!
Grummans response to the dominance of the Zero was a bigger engine into a similar airframe wich finally became 55% heavier. Though lightweighting isn't the major quality of the traditional american industry, it seems straightforward to try minimize the weight on the upcoming design after the F6F - Even without the presence of the Butcher Bird.

Just my 0.05$
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anyone asked Winkle?
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Old 31st May 2021, 02:06
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The 404th's CO Colonel Leo Moon wrote.................... I did get to fly the Bearcat which I believe was more or less a copy of the 190 -although no-one ever admits it..."
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Wing design about the same, yet not found on any other WW 2 fighter...........................the mainwing spar construction. Unique to the both aircraft...................................................T he main wing spar on the FW-190 extends throughout 3/4's of the entire wing, not just the center section. Bearcat main wingspar runs almost the same length as the Focke Wulfs:
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Old 31st May 2021, 07:52
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Black Sword, with 3/4 main spar, do you mean spanwise? Did the spar not run from tip to tip? Seems strange to me for an aircraft with such large an engine. The countertorque you need at lower speeds would probably require a full strength wing, with spars running from tip to tip.
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Old 31st May 2021, 08:29
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This thread started, long ago, with examination of the idea that the F8F was inspired by the FW-190 towards the idea of putting the largest engine in lightest airframe. I just found the following quote from Kurt Tank:

The Messerschmitt 109 [[i]sic] and the British Spitfire, the two fastest fighters in the world at the time we began work on the Fw 190, could both be summed up as a very large engine on the front of the smallest possible airframe; in each case armament had been added almost as an afterthought. These designs, both of which admittedly proved successful, could be likened to racehorses: given the right amount of pampering and easy course, they could outrun anything. But the moment the going became tough they were liable to falter ..... This was the background thinking behind the Focke-Wulf 190; it was not to be a racehorse but a Dienstpferd, a cavalry horse.
From Wikipedia, but it's sourced. It's also said in that entry that Tank was provoked into using a radial by the example of US Navy aircraft.
All of which suggests that if there was any FW-190 in the F8F, it was definitely a case of what goes around comes around.
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Old 31st May 2021, 12:40
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Originally Posted by washoutt View Post
Black Sword, with 3/4 main spar, do you mean spanwise? Did the spar not run from tip to tip? Seems strange to me for an aircraft with such large an engine. The countertorque you need at lower speeds would probably require a full strength wing, with spars running from tip to tip.
The F8F has folding wings, so no continuous spar. Wasn't it also planned to have the wingtips jettisonable?
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Old 1st Jun 2021, 06:19
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Originally Posted by Pypard View Post
The F8F has folding wings, so no continuous spar. Wasn't it also planned to have the wingtips jettisonable?
They were designed to fail at the hinge line at 7.5G as a weight-saving measure
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