Manufacturer: Grumman

Model: unknown

Name: Thundercat

Type: Fighter-Bomber


Status: Operational

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Navy

Designation: BFF-1


An unknown bomber-fighter by Grumman, sort of a missing link between the Hellcat and Tigercat: the XBFF-1 Thundercat.

The photo was modified so much from the original that it took me a while to figure out what it was! It was a modern photograph of a Grumman Tigercat in flight and I've added it below right for comparison.

I thought it was a fun idea to use the name "Thundercat", which will obviously bring childhood recollections to some of you who watched television during the 1980s... This being said, I realized much later on that it would have been put to much better use for a Republic/Grumman mashup project. Ah well... maybe I'll do one some day and reuse it!

Viewers' comments:
  • Joyfully ugly, being a great addition to the Grumman Cats family (Tophe)

My comments:

Besides the fact I also find the Thundercat pretty ungainly (if fun), I also think the cockpit is a little too far back, which would no doubt hinder the pilot's visibility...