Manufacturer: Grumman

Model: unknown

Name: Swallowcat

Type: Jet torpedo-scout

Date: 1946

Status: Experimental

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Marines

Designation: XTS2F-1


The U.S. Marine Corps flew two Swallowcat prototypes, which consisted of Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) wings and engines mated to a Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat fuselage.

The Swallowcat was evaluated against the Republic XTSN-1 Thunderguard, but none of them was procured and the torpedo-scout mission disappeared as quickly as it came.


The Swallowcat photo was simply obtained by mating Me 262 wings and jets to a Grumman F7F Tigercat fuselage.

The name itself combines the English translation of "Schwalbe" and the "-cat" suffix typical of the Grumman aircraft of the time.

I don't think it would have been impossible to do a twin-jet variant of the Tigercat, but of course I have no idea whether the airframe of the F7F would have been sturdy enough to deal with the weight and vibrations of two Junkers Jumo turbojets! There also would have been some heavy adapting to be performed at the wing spar and joints...

Viewers' comments:
  • Stargazer, I love your Jet-Tigercat. (Tophe)
  • Very cool stuff... (jorel62)
  • heheheehhe!!! (gasgas1)
  • That Swallowcat is certainly an interesting variation, and I have the parts, if I can bring myself to butcher my Monogram Tigercat. (Jschmus)
  • hmm looks a bit like a me 262, but a very interesting conzept (CornelPeacemaker)

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