US Grumman F4F ''Wildcat'' Fighter Plane

  • Military Aircraft Of The World
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By Crusader1307

With over 8,000 Production Models, The US Grumman F4F ''Wildcat'' Fighter was a mainstay with The US Navy as a Carrier based Aircraft, from 1940 to 1945. The majority of Fighters were deployed to The Pacific Theater of Combat during Wold War II. Designed to counter Imperial Japan's vaunted ''Zero Fighter'', The ''Wildcat'' was a fair but not adequate counter. By 1943, ''Wildcats'' were deployed with The US Marine Corps. and as a Fleet Fighter with The British Royal Navy. Many F4F survived The War. Crewed by (1), The F4F was 30-feet long with a wingspan of 40-feet. Power was provided by a Single Pratt & Whitney 14-cylinder Engine, capable of producing 1,200-HP. Rated airspeed was 330-mph. Capable of achieving 40,000-feet, The ''Wildcat'' could range over 800-miles. Standard armament was (4) Browning wing mounted .50 Caliber Machine Guns. The F4F could support (2) 100-lb. Bombs.