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The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy .

 

Grumman F4F Wildcat

Design and development

The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy in 1940, where it was initially known as the Martlet. First used in combat 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in the Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942; the disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as units became available. With a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed by the faster 331 mph (533 km/h), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F's ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thach Weave, 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 larger and heavier fighters could not be used.

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The Wildcat was generally outperformed by the Mitsubishi Zero, its major opponent in the early part of the Pacific Theater, but held its own partly because, with relatively heavy armor and self-sealing fuel tanks, the Grumman airframe could survive far more damage than its lightweight, unarmored Japanese rival.[20] Many U.S. Navy fighter pilots also were saved by the Wildcat's ZB homing device, which allowed them to find their carriers in poor visibility, provided they could get within the 30 mi (48 km) range of the homing beacon

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Grumman F4F Wildcat

It was clear to Grumman that the XF4F-1 would be inferior to the Brewster monoplane, so Grumman abandoned the XF4F-1, designing instead a new monoplane fighter, the XF4F-2. The XF4F-2 would retain the same, fuselage-mounted, hand-cranked main landing gear as the F3F, with its relatively narrow track. The unusual manually-retractable main landing gear design for all of Grumman's U.S. Navy fighters up to and through the F4F, as well as for the amphibious Grumman J2F utility biplane.

  • History

    Role Fighter aircraft

    National origin United States

    First flight 2 September 1937

    Introduction December 1940

    Retired 1945

    Primary users United States Navy

    United States Marine Corps

    Royal Navy ; Royal Canadian Navy

    Number built 7,885

  • General Info

    Crew: 1

    Length: 28 ft 9 in (8.8 m)

    Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in (11.6 m)

    Height: 9 ft 2.5 in (2.8 m)

    Empty weight: 5,895 lb (2,674 kg)

    Loaded weight: 7,975 lb (3,617 kg)

    Max. takeoff weight: 8,762 lb (3,974 kg)

    Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 double-row radial engine, 1,200 hp (900 kW)

  • Performance

    Crew: 1

    Length: 28 ft 9 in (8.8 m)

    Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in (11.6 m)

    Height: 9 ft 2.5 in (2.8 m)

    Empty weight: 5,895 lb (2,674 kg)

    Loaded weight: 7,975 lb (3,617 kg)

    Max. takeoff weight: 8,762 lb (3,974 kg)

    Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 double-row radial engine, 1,200 hp (900 kW)

Grumman F4F Wildcat

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