Grumman F4F Wildcat

Carrier-based Fighter Bomber

Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat N4629V 86564 5618 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Grumman F4F Wildcat is a single-engine single-seat carrier-based fighter aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. F4F were operated by the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Canadian Air Force. The F4F in service with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm were designated Marlet.
The variant FM-1 (1220 aircraft) and FM-2 (4777 aircraft) were produced by the Eastern Aircraft division of General Motors.
Crew1
Propulsion1 Radial Engine
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney R-1830-36 Twin Wasp
Engine Power895 kW1200 hp
Speed513 km/h277 kts
  319 mph
Service Ceiling12.040 m39.500 ft
Range1.241 km670 NM
771 mi.
Empty Weight2.612 kg5.759 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight3.607 kg7.952 lbs
Wing Span11,58 m37 ft 12 in
Wing Area24,2 m260 ft
Length8,76 m28 ft 9 in
Height2,81 m9 ft 3 in
First Flight02.09.1937 (XF4F-2)
Production Statusout of production
Total Production7722
ICAO CodeWCAT
Data for (Version)Grumman F4F-4
VariantsF4F-3, F4F-3A, Martlet Mk.I, Mk.II, Mk.III, F4F-4, Martlet Mk.IV (Wildcat), F4F-7, FM-1 (Martlet Mk. V), FM-2

[Photo-ID: 10150] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-1 Wildcat, United States Navy, 15392, c/n 401, Karsten Palt, 2014Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-1 Wildcat
United States Navy
Reg.: 15392
c/n: 401
 
National Air and Space Museum [Washington, DC]
[Photo-ID: 6299] Karsten Palt 2012-06-12
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, , N4629V, c/n 5618, Karsten Palt, 2012Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
Reg.: N4629V
c/n: 5618
 
displayed in US Navy c/s
Yanks Air Museum [Chino, CA]
[Photo-ID: 6300] Karsten Palt 2012-06-12
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, , N4629V, c/n 5618, Karsten Palt, 2012Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
Reg.: N4629V
c/n: 5618
 
displayed in US Navy c/s
Yanks Air Museum [Chino, CA]
[Photo-ID: 7210] Karsten Palt 2013-05-19
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, , N49JC, c/n 5744, Karsten Palt, 2013Grumman
FM-2 Wildcat
Reg.: N49JC
c/n: 5744
 
ex US Navy BuNo 86690, ex N68760, N20HA, N70637
The Shuttleworth Collection [Old Warden Aerodrome Biggleswade]
[Photo-ID: 1243] Karsten Palt 2008-07-16
Grumman (Eastern Aircraft) FM-2 Wildcat, The Fighter Collection, G-RUMW, c/n 5765, Karsten Palt, 2008Grumman (Eastern Aircraft)
FM-2 Wildcat
The Fighter Collection
Reg.: G-RUMW
c/n: 5765
 
Imperial War Museum [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 12971] Karsten Palt 2016-07-10
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, The Fighter Collection, G-RUMW, c/n 5765, Karsten Palt, 2016Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
The Fighter Collection
Reg.: G-RUMW
c/n: 5765
 
Flying Legends 2016 [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 12972] Karsten Palt 2016-07-10
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, The Fighter Collection, G-RUMW, c/n 5765, Karsten Palt, 2016Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
The Fighter Collection
Reg.: G-RUMW
c/n: 5765
 
Flying Legends 2016 [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 12973] Karsten Palt 2016-07-10
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, The Fighter Collection, G-RUMW, c/n 5765, Karsten Palt, 2016Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
The Fighter Collection
Reg.: G-RUMW
c/n: 5765
 
Flying Legends 2016 [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 12974] Karsten Palt 2016-07-10
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, The Fighter Collection, G-RUMW, c/n 5765, Karsten Palt, 2016Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
The Fighter Collection
Reg.: G-RUMW
c/n: 5765
 
Flying Legends 2016 [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 11045] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, United States Navy, 16161, c/n 1360, Karsten Palt, 2015Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
United States Navy
Reg.: 16161
c/n: 1360
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11046] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, United States Navy, 16161, c/n 1360, Karsten Palt, 2015Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
United States Navy
Reg.: 16161
c/n: 1360
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 12434] Karsten Palt 2016-04-12
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, United States Navy, 74512, c/n 4704, Karsten Palt, 2016Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
United States Navy
Reg.: 74512
c/n: 4704
 
Museum of Flight [Seattle, WA]
[Photo-ID: 12435] Karsten Palt 2016-04-12
Grumman / Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat, United States Navy, 74512, c/n 4704, Karsten Palt, 2016Grumman / Eastern Aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat
United States Navy
Reg.: 74512
c/n: 4704
 
Museum of Flight [Seattle, WA]