The F3F was the last biplane fighter delivered to the US Navy. It entered service in 1936 and was removed from fleet service in 1941, just before the US entered WWII. The aircraft were then used for utility and training duty until finally being retired in 1943. The F3F was the basis for the much more successful F4F Wildcat. Only 147 F3Fs were built.
The Jet-Eyes F3F tag was cut from the upper wing fabric removed from an F3F. This fabric features a Red, White, and Blue Roundel. This specific roundel coloring was used until 1942. This cut was mounted onto a piece of wood and displayed for decades before being sold at an estate auction in Pensacola, FL. Several trips to the National Naval Aviation Museum were made to confirm this fabric's identity.
These tags were CNC router cut and then cut down from .5" to roughly .25". The design on the tags was created using a Co2 laser. After a lot of trial, error, and open flames, we were able to dial in the exact power and speed requirements to etch away the roundel paint and reveal the original yellow wing paint underneath! Yes, the yellow design on these tags is the original base-color paint that the roundel was painted on top of.
The F3F tags are offered in 6 colorful variants: Red, White, Blue, Bi-Color Red/White, Bi-Color Blue/White, Tri-Color. The Tri-Color tags are mostly Red/White with small fragments of blue. Only 130 F3F tags are available.
Artwork for the cardbacks was provided by Navy pilot Tim Steiner and F3F tag art was provided by Planeform.
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