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History Of The Grumman F4F Wildcat

Updated on January 19, 2017
Wildcat on deck of aircraft carrier.
Wildcat on deck of aircraft carrier.

Grumman F4F Wildcat

The Grumman F4F Wildcat was an American fighter aircraft in World War II. Over 7,800 F4F Wildcat's were built by Grumman between 1937 and 1945. Built for the US Navy, it was also used by the British.

The Grumman F4F Wildcat was used almost exclusively in the beginning stages of World War II in the Pacific theater. The F4F Wildcats fared well or were comparable in combat against the enemy fighter aircraft, the Japanese Zero.

The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the predecessor to the F6F Hellcat for the US. In Great Britain the F4F Wildcats were called Martlets and used by the Royal Navy. The RAF used the Spitfires and Hawkers almost exclusively and the Royal Navy needed the F6F as a fighter. The Grumman F4F Wildcat saw operations in the European theater and was known to have shot down a few German Messerschmitt BF 109's. The Grumman F4F Wildcat was a tough, multipurpose fighter aircraft.

The Grumman F4F Wildcat was powered by a Pratt and Whitney R-1830 radial engine and had a top speed of around 330 mph. The Grumman F4F Wildcat had a service of over 39,000 feet ceiling of and a range of 845 miles.

The Grumman F4F Wildcat was armed with six .50 cal Browning machine guns which is basically the same armament as the P-51 Mustangs.


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