Grumman's success with the two-seat FF-1, which was significantly faster than even the single-seat fighters of its time, resulted in a contract for the single-seat XF2F-1.Jordan, Corey C. Planes and Pilots Of World War Two, 2000. Retrieved: 22 July 2011. The prototype first flew on 18 October 1933, equipped with the experimental XR-1534-44 Twin Wasp Juniorradial engine, and reached a top speed of at - faster than the FF-1 at the same altitude.
The Navy ordered 54 F2F-1 fighters on 17 May 1934, with the first aircraft delivered 19 January 1935. An additional aircraft was ordered to replace one which crashed on 16 March 1935, bringing the total to 55, with... Read More