Flying Tigercats: And Then There Were Five
A couple of strays join the prowl, and the world’s supply of flyable Grumman F7Fs increases by two-thirds.
- By Michael Klesius
- AirSpaceMag.com, October 24, 2008
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“We flew back at about 6,500 feet and 230 knots indicated,” says Cardin. “Beautiful weather. Not a cloud in the sky. We couldn’t hear him because we were in the pressurized Pilatus. But those giant props spinning right off your wing really grab your attention.”
Cardin says the Tigercat has a minor hydraulic pump glitch and a fuel leak issue, which they knew about before leaving Kalamazoo, and which he’s fixing in San Antonio.
Lewis adds the Tigercat to his collection of 17 war birds, which includes Greenland icecap for half a century, and Rare Bear, the Grumman F8F Bearcat that holds the speed record for piston-driven aircraft at 528 mph. On the commercial side, Lewis owns four helicopters, two modern turboprop aircraft, and two jets.
Cardin says they plan to start putting 50 to 100 hours a year on their new, old Tigercat, and look forward to showing it off at venues like Oshkosh and Reno.