When the US Navy realised in 1937 that any of their existing or projected fighters would struggle to counter the new bombers coming into service, they asked for a carrier interceptor of excellent performance.
And despite looking a bit odd, Grumman delivered.
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I make videos on some of the more esoteric areas of military history and affairs, particularly obscure/forgotten aircraft, the conflict in Myanmar, new technology in defense, and current conflict news.