Grumman F4F Wildcat

ICAO aircraft code F4F
Manufacturer Grumman
Country United States
New price USD 0.030 million (1945)

The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service in 1940 with the United States Navy, and the British Royal Navy where it was initially known as the Martlet.

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Grumman F4F Wildcat specifications

General

ICAO aircraft code
F4F
Manufacturer
Grumman
Manufactured
1939 - 1945
Country
United States
New purchase price
USD 0.030 million (1945)

Aircraft performance

Engine:
1x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-76
Piston
Power:
1,200 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
288 Kts
533 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
73 Kts
Travel range:
1,100 Nm
2,037 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
39,500 feet
Rate of Climb:
3300 feet / minute
16.76meter / second
Take Off Distance:
195 meter - 639.76 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
3,975 Kg
8,763 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
3,367 Kg
7,423 lbs
Max Payload:
500 Kg
1,102 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
260 gallon
984 liter

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About the Grumman F4F Wildcat

The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service in 1940 with the United States Navy, and the British Royal Navy where it was initially known as the Martlet. First used by the British in the North Atlantic, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during the early part of the Second World War. The disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as aircraft became available.

With a top speed of 318mph (512km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed by the faster (331mph (533km/h)), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F’s ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thach Weave and High-side guns pass maneuvers using altitude advantage, resulted in a claimed air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war.

Lessons learned from the Wildcat were later applied to the faster F6F Hellcat. While the Wildcat had better range and maneuverability at low speed, the Hellcat could rely on superior power and high speed performance to outperform the Zero. The Wildcat continued to be built throughout the remainder of the war to serve on escort carriers, where the larger and much heavier Hellcat could not be used.

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