Grumman F4F-4 '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' 21" 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

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

  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
4058 / 4098, 01991 / 02152, 03385 / 03544, 11655 / 12227

Examples of this type may be found at
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
United States Marine Corps Air/Ground MuseumQuanticoVirginia

F4F-4 on display

United States Marine Corps Air/Ground Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Henry Kurzynski
 Chicago, IL
An F4F-3 Grumman Wildcat is on display in Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. It a trainer that was pulled from Lake Michigan and restored by the Air Classics Museum of Aviation authorized by the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. It is on loan to the Chicago Department of Aviation.The aircraft significance is that it is the type of aircraft the Lieutenant Commander Edward "Butch" O'Hare flew in the Pacific theatre in WW II, the Airport's namesake. Butch O'Hare won the Metal of Honor,Distinguished Flying Cross among other medals and awards. He was the Navy's first "Top Gun".
01/18/2013 @ 06:44 [ref: 67507]
 c light
 , MO
does anyone have any information on what part of the aircraft the sundowner emblem was?my grandfather was at henderson field at guadacanal and i have a piece of sheet metal that has the sundowners emblem painted on it,wondering what kind of plane it came off of?to me it is a piece of great history,i would love to find out!!my grandfather was a cpo in usn,i am really curious.
10/15/2010 @ 12:00 [ref: 31494]
 Ironworks worker retired
 , NJ
I believe Pug Sutherland did match Saburo Sakai over Guadalcanal with fighting spirit, intelligence and guts. If only Pug had functioning guns and ammo he would have blown him up. So much for 'Samuri'!
06/11/2009 @ 11:05 [ref: 24228]
 , NH
Japanese pilots who made the mistake of trying to dogfight
a FM-2 in the same manner as a normal Wildcat got a nasty suprise.
A FM-2 could easily out climb a Zero at any operational altitude of either plane.

First operational US Navy fighter with a better climb rate
than a FM-2 was a F8F bearcat.

A FM-2 could out climb a F6F-5 Hellcat by about 30% !

FM-2 was little faster than a F4F-4 and quite a lot
slower than a Hellcat.


06/14/2008 @ 23:00 [ref: 21428]
 winnipeg, MB
does any one know the plane that was closest to the wildcat (performance wise)
06/05/2008 @ 17:50 [ref: 21189]
 Auburn, PA
i also love to see a man try and fly the wildcat up my ass. i masturbate to it. i want t lube up my dick and touch it good. I'm gay!!!!!!
03/04/2008 @ 13:55 [ref: 19861]
 Will Arburn
 , PA
I took training in the FM2 at USNAS DeLand, FL in early '45. Is my memory failing me or did that aircraft use a "cartridge" starter. It seems to me I remember landing at some outliying field along the coast, and having to leave the cockpit, climb into the wheel well, open the breach on the shotgun like breach, remove the used shell and put a fresh one in. Climb back into the cockpit, get set, hit the starter switch and hope the engine would start. Tell me I'm still operational, (mentally, that is).
12/06/2007 @ 12:18 [ref: 18821]
 , FL
I saw a web address asking about the sound of a Wildcat. It has the same engine as the T-28, a Wright R-1820 thats on all B and C models.
07/12/2007 @ 20:35 [ref: 17074]
 , FL
I saw a web address asking about the sound of a Wildcat. It has the same engine as the T-28, a Wright R-1820 thats on all B and C models.
07/12/2007 @ 20:35 [ref: 17073]
 Rapid, SD
I think this airplane is really cool. I'm 13 and I saw this on Dogfights on the History ch. and I recorded it, i could watch that over and over again. i made one out of lego's and i'm entering it into the fair. it will have iformation about John L. Smith who shot down 19 Jappenese 0's and F1M Pete's. My favorite airplaines of WWII are the P51-Mustang and Twin Mustang and my favorite of all is the F4F-4 Wildcat.
06/25/2007 @ 15:23 [ref: 16940]


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