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General Motors (Eastern Aircraft Div.) FM-1 'Wildcat'

Description
  Manufacturer:General Motors (Eastern Aircraft Div.)
  Base model:FM
  Designation:FM
  Version:-1
  Nickname:Wildcat
  Equivalent to: F4F-4
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter
  Crew:Pilot

Specifications
  Length: 28' 9" 8.7 m
  Height:9' 21.5" 3.2 m
  Wingspan: 38' 11.5 m
  Wingarea: 260.0 sq ft 24.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 5,758 lb 2,611 kg
  Gross Weight: 7,406 lb 3,358 kg
  Max Weight: 7,952 lb 3,606 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86
  Horsepower (each): 1200

Performance
  Range: 910 miles 1,465 km
  Cruise Speed: 148 mph 238 km/h 128 kt
  Max Speed: 318 mph 512 km/h 276 kt
  Climb: 1,950 ft/min 594 m/min
  Ceiling: 34,000 ft 10,363 m

Known serial numbers
14992 / 15951, 46738 / 46837

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
National Air and Space MuseumWashingtonDist of Col
Valiant Air Command MuseumTitusvilleFlorida

FM-1 on display

Valiant Air Command Museum
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Garry Kelly
 Florence, OR
When I was a student in Carpinteria CA elementary School from 1940-44, our school principal, Frank Wykoff, may have witnessed a midair collision near Santa Barbara CA which resulted in one of the planes crashing in the Santa Ynez mountains. My father took me to the crash site, which was cordoned off, some days or weeks after the crash. My recollection was that the plane was a P-38 Lightning, but I am now wondering if it could have been the General Motors FM-1 Wildcat which crashed on July 14, 1943. Any information on the circumstances of that crash?
04/16/2007 @ 13:59 [ref: 16200]

 
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