For months beribboned Navy flyers have whispered behind waving hands of a dream plane they could hardly wait to fly. It was supposed to combine the best features of fighter and bomber, have the fire-power of a small battleship, be as big a jump ahead of the pistol-hot Hellcat as that airplane was ahead of the Wildcat. Last week came first acknowledgment of the Navy's super-fighter, casually mentioned in the Truman Committee report:

"The Navy as yet has used no two-engine fighter airplanes. However, the F7F, developed by Grumman, is scheduled for early production."


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