The F7F Tigercat, which was derived from Grumman's first twin-engine fighter, the XF5F-1 Skyrocket, appeared as the result of a Navy request in June 1941 for development of a larger, twin-engine fighter for use on board the planned large aircraft carriers (Midway-class).
The airplane was the first twin-engine fighter ordered in large quantities and the first carrier aircraft to incorporate tricycle landing gear. Built in single and two-seat variants, the heavily armed fighter served in ground support, night fighter and photo reconnaissance roles after World War II and in Korea.
Tigercat variants included :
- Clean variant - No external stores. Note: the 'White 5' fictional variant depicts a basic 'racer' and so lacks guns and cannons. It also has squared-off propeller tips.
- Ferry variant - Carries three drop tanks for extended range.
- Fighter variant - Carries one belly drop tank. The typical day fighter loadout.
- Rockets variant - Carries one belly drop tank and eight underwing unguided rockets. The typical ground attack loadout. Note: due to an XP limitation, the rocket-equipped version lacks the ability to fold the wings.
- Support for both X-Plane 12 and X-Plane 11
- Folding wings
- Guns/cannons can be fired
- Rockets' variant has 8 shootable unguided rockets
- PBR materials/textures used throughout
- VR config file included, cockpit manipulators optimized for easy VR use
- FMOD sounds package with multi-stage engines, pilot's slide canopy muting, switch clicks and other unique cockpit sounds
- Very detailed cockpit with numerous animations and mousable controls
- Retractable crew steps
- Togglable pilot figure
- Canopy glass rain and ice effects (XP12)
- Animated cowl flaps
- Animated tail hook
- Animated oil cooler exit doors on wings
- Authentic flight model with checklist
- 4 unique flight models (.acf files)
- 25-page illustrated User Operating Manual
- Source texture files available for livery artists