Grumman F4F-3 'Wildcat'


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  Base model:F4F
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter

  Length: 28' 9" 8.7 m
  Height:9' 2" 2.7 m
  Wingspan: 38' 11.5 m
  Wingarea: 260.0 sq ft 24.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 5,342 lb 2,422 kg
  Gross Weight: 7,002 lb 3,175 kg
  Max Weight: 8,152 lb 3,697 kg

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

  Range: 845 miles 1,360 km
  Cruise Speed: 147 mph 236 km/h 127 kt
  Max Speed: 328 mph 528 km/h 285 kt
  Climb: 2,265 ft/min 690 m/min
  Ceiling: 37,500 ft 11,429 m

Known serial numbers
1844 / 1845, 1848 / 1896, 2512 / 2538, 3856 / 3874, 3970 / 4057, 5030 / 5262, 12230 / 12329

Examples of this type may be found at
Cradle of Aviation MuseumGarden CityNew York
MCAS El Toro Historical FoundationIrvineCalifornia
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida

F4F-3 on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation


Recent comments by our visitors
 Aaron Robinson
 Wilmington, NC
"The fuselage is short and fat,
the plank-like wings are square and flat.
While out behind in foul or fair,
the Martlet's tail stands fair and square."
- Wartime verse

07/16/2011 @ 21:14 [ref: 41255]
 , CA
My fathers best friend, and 1st cousin was flying this aircraft off the USS Lexington (CV-2)Fighting Squadron 2 on May 8th 1942. His plane failed to return on this day. Battle of the Coral Sea. His name was Clark Franklin Rinehart, Received the Distinguished Flying Cross, and later had a Destroyer Escort (DE-196)named after him. I am so proud to relay this on. Thank You Clark.
11/24/2009 @ 16:16 [ref: 25335]
 escondido, CA
There are 2 F3F-2's and the G-32 at the PLANES of FAME museum at the Chino airport in Chino Ca. All three planes had been owned by Tommy Frikken and they where housed at Carlsbad airport in carlsbad Ca. untill 1999. They where maintained by R.W. Martin inc. at the same airport, as I had worked for RWM and had worked for them for 5 years and will be putting photo's of the A/C on this site soon.
Tech./Drw. info should be available from Northrop/Grumman Historical web site. Best luck to you.
01/25/2009 @ 13:53 [ref: 23548]
 , CA
i need manuals for a f4f i have friends building 2 private owned i need manuals any thing would help if u need parts they can make them they have the shop to do it in if u can help please do Ty Chris
07/30/2008 @ 12:17 [ref: 22299]
 robert cleary
 bad salzungen, OTH
i am building a f4f-3 and just wondered if there were any unusual paint schemes used during its career, any advice would be most appreciated thankyou.
04/16/2007 @ 11:08 [ref: 16199]
 Coquitlam, BC

Thank you for the great foto collections.
I'm looking for the landing gear mechanisem of the F4F-3 or -4. Does the museum offer any drawings or detailed fotos from this interesting landing gear mechanism. Any hint or information or link to some one who has this kind of info is greatly appreciated.
07/16/2006 @ 13:16 [ref: 13731]
 Kevin Braafladt
 Rohnert Park, CA
I am trying to locate any information on a F4F Wildcat plane crash in Sonoma County. I have access to some of the parts of the original wreck and I would like to find out more information about it. Please email me if you have any information.
03/04/2006 @ 10:58 [ref: 12699]
 Tracy Stuckey
 Eastman, GA
Does anyone know location of fuselage fuel tank on F4F4?
My brother W.H.(Bud) Stuckey was a mechanic with Joe Foss's unit VMF-121 on Guadalcanal in 1942.He says he seemed to recall tank was behind pilot,but cant really recall where fill cap was located(tho I'm sure he refuled many)He was a M/Tech. Sgt at time.
Wildcats used two types of droppable tanks.A centerline mount,which I understand was troublesome,and underwing tanks,which were preferred. According to Thomas Doll author of book VMF-121,most missions were flown with only one wing tank.Bud seems to recall that missions were flown using both tanks?
I am building scale model,and would like to add fuel spillage stains around fill cap area.
07/20/2004 @ 14:23 [ref: 7870]
 , WI
There is currently a restored flying F4F-3 (Sept. 01) for sale for $925,000. www.courtesyaircraft.com, if you're interested.
09/21/2001 @ 17:49 [ref: 3234]
 Charles A. McPhee, Jr.
 Oakland, CA
I am trying to get either accurate photographs or drawings
the wings of the F4F-3 Wildcat. I am interested in the panel
lines and the configuration of the wings, etc. I will be happy
to pay for this information.

I have tried a number of museums, but no one has been able
to help me. Could you give me any assistance in this connection.
If you could, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you very much.

Charles A. McPhee, Jr.
1299 Sunnyhills Road
Oakland, California 9410
Telephone: (510) 763-3634
Facsimile: (510) 763-3641
08/15/2001 @ 08:22 [ref: 2927]


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