Aviation Models Grumman F8F Bearcat
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    The Grumman F8F Bearcat was one of the best piston-engine fighters to see operational service with the US Navy. It was also the last of a series of piston-engine carrier based fighters, which had been initiated with the FF-1 of 1931. It was designed primarily as an interceptor-fighter that would operate from carriers of all sizes. It never saw action in WWII, as it was delivered to late, but surplus Navy Bearcats played an important role in the war in Indochina with the French Armée de l'Air and the Royal Thai Air Force. Eventually, Bearcats found their way into the civilian market and were featured attractions in the Reno Air Races in Nevada.

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