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Grumman F4F/FM2 Wildcat

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The Wildcat was the result of a design study by Grumman into the feasibility of a single wing naval fighter. Entering service in late 1940 the F4F proved to be a worthy opponent to the Japanese Zero during the carrier battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. The FM-2 derivative manufactured by General Motor featured a more powerful turbocharged Wright R-1820-56 Cyclone engine that provided a higher top speed and increased the optimum altitude some 50 percent.

General:

Type: Fighter

Crew: 1

Seating: 1

First Flight: 2/Sep/1937

Specifications

 

Propulsion

 

Performance

 

Length:

Height:

Wingspan:

Empty Weight:

Gross Weight:

28' 9"

9' 2.5"

38' 0"

5758 lbs.

7952 lbs.

No. Engines:

Horsepower:

Power plant:

1

1350 hp

Wright R-1820-56 Cyclone

Range:

Speed (max):

Speed (cruise):

Climb:

Ceiling:

770 miles

318 mph

- mph

- ft/sec

- ft

Armament:

6x0.50 in wing mounted machine guns, 2 bombs

     

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