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Grumman XF5F Skyrocket

Official Name
Grumman XF5F Skyrocket
Blackhawk Plane; Skyrocket

Vehicle Details

Current Model

Lead Designer
Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation

Natalie Reed; Valentine-Pendergast Airplane Factory

Length: 28 ft 9 in (8.76 m)
Wingspan: 42 ft (12.80 m)

First appearance



The Grumman XF5F Skyrocket was a prototype of a twin-engine shipboard fighter interceptor to which Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation applied the model number G-34. It was a radical advance in shipboard fighters at the time when single engine fighters were just changing to monoplane designs from bi-planes. The Skyrocket was built for the United States Navy, but became more popularly known as the conveyance of choice of the infamous Blackhawk Squadron. The Blackhawk Grumman became one of the hottest fighter planes in World War II. At the height of the war, Russian engineer Natalie Reed and her employers at the Valentine-Pendergast Airplane Factory customized the Grumman making it even faster than it was before. The Blackhawks flew Skyrockets throughout the remainder of the war, and even used for several more years. Production quantities for the Skyrocket are unknown, and the United States government did not maintain a contract with Grumman Aircraft. However, many of the planes were constructed and provided to the Blackhawks, including replacement parts, weaponry and equipment.


  • Maximum speed: 383 mi/h at sea level (616 km/h)
  • Range: 1,200 statute miles (1,930 km)
  • Service ceiling: 33,000 ft (10,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,000 ft/min (1,220 m)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 28 ft 9 in (8.76 m)
  • Wingspan: 42 ft (12.80 m)
  • Height: 11 ft 4 in (3.45 m)
  • Wing area: 303.5 ft² (28.2 m²)
  • Empty weight: 8,107 lb (3,677 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 10,138 lb (4,600 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 10,892 lb ()
  • Powerplant: 2× Wright XR-1820-40/42 nine cylinder radial air-cooled engine, 1,200 hp () each


  • Four 0.5 in (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • Two 165 lb (75 kg) bombs

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